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Page 1: Egypt (DK Eyewitness Travel Guides)

EGYPTEyewitness TRAVEL

The guides that show you what others only tell you

pyramids nile cruisesmarkets desert life

restaurants oasesmosques ancient siteshistory beaches hotels

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THE WESTERN DESERT

THE DELTA AND THE NORTH COAST

THE NILE VALLEY

• Siwa

• Alexandria

• Kharga

Suez

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AROUND CAIROSINAI AND THE RED

SEA COAST

CENTRAL CAIRO

GIZA AND HELIOPOLISRHODA ISLANDAND OLD CAIRO

ISLAMIC CAIRO

CAIRO AREA BY AREA

• Al-Arish

• Sharm el-Sheikh

• Hurghada

• Luxor

• Aswan

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EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

EGYPT

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EYEWITNESS TRAVEL

EGYPT

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A local guide keeping out of the heat of the sun at Luxor Temple in the Nile Valley

The information in this

DK Eyewitness Travel Guide is checked regularly.

View from the Cairo Tower looking

at the Radio and TV Union Building

Fertile fields watered by the Nile at Luxor

Reprinted with revisions 2003, 2005, 2007

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Ancient Egyptian frieze of lotus

blooms, symbolic of rebirth

Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo

Camel trekking in the desert

Colossal foot at the Ramesseum

Fruit stall at Dakhla Oasis showing

the wide variety of produce grown

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CAIRO AREA BY AREA

1Area Map

All pages

3Detailed information

Walking routes

Stars

A locator map

Sights at a Glance

2Street-by-Street Map

Dominating the skyline of Islamic Cairo, the silver domes of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Mosques and Historic

Buildings

Bazaars and Markets

GETTING AROUND

Walls and Gates

Sacks of spices in

Khan al-Khalili

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Street-by-Street mapSee pp88–9

Street-by-Street mapSee pp94–5

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp268–71 and pp290–95

One of two medieval, carved stone

gates in Khan al-Khalili

Brass and leather goods for sale in Khan al-Khalili

Wooden mashrabiyya screen covering the

window of Beit Zeinab Khatoun

Runs between Midan Ataba and

Midan al-Hussein. Map 6 F3.

Sharia al-Azhar. Map 2 F5. daily.

for noon prayers Fri.

Gate of

the Barbers

Fishawi’s

Apple vendor in the bustling street

market of Sharia Muski

Map 2 F5. or taxi to Midan

al-Hussein. daily (most shops

closed Sundays).

Wikala

of Silahdar

Domes and minarets of Mosque of al-Azhar seen from Zeinab Khatoun

Midan al-Hussein. Map 2 F5.

to non-Muslims.

Harat al-Azhar. Map 2 F5. daily.

STAR SIGHTS

Beit as-Suhaymi

Bein al-Qasreen

LOCATOR MAP

See Street Finder Map 2

KEY

Suggested route

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For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp268–71 and pp290–95

Madrassa of

Sultan Barquq

The Madrassa and

Mausoleum of Sultan

Qalawun

Madrassa and

Mausoleum of

Sultan an-Nasr

Mohammed

Several derelict wikalas

Northern

Walls

Khan

al-Khalili

Midan

al-Hussein

Mosque of

Suleiman

SilahdarA horse-

drawn cart

RHODA ISLAND

& OLD CAIRO

Fatimid

Cairo

ISLAMIC

CAIRO

CENTRAL

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For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp281–2 and pp300–301

Statue of Aphrodite

(2nd-century AD)

Entrance

GALLERY GUIDE

Coptic artifacts

Terracotta

Terracotta

Pharos

lantern

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

5 Sharia al-Mathaf ar-Romani.

Tel (03) 486 5820.

9am–5pm daily; 9am–3pm

during Ramadan. 11am–1pm

Fri. Extra charge for cameras

and videos.

STAR EXHIBITS

Antique Coins

Tanagra Figures

KEY

Coptic

Ptolemaic

Pharaonic

Graeco-Roman

Handicrafts (all periods)

Coins

Non-exhibition space

EGYPT AREA BY AREA

Each area

1Introduction

For all major sights

4Egypt’s Top Sights

2Regional Map

3Detailed information

Lake Manzila

Ras al-Bar

210 km (131 miles) NE of Cairo.

78,000.

80 km (50 miles) NE of Cairo.

268,000.

Bubastis 70 km (43 miles) NE of Zagazig.

65 km (40 miles) E of Alexandria.

58,000.

Detail of building in Damietta old town,

illustrating Delta-style architecture

Panelled wall in the Ottoman House of Amasyali in Rosetta

Palm trees bordering the Rosetta

branch of the Nile Delta

94 km (58 miles) N of Cairo.

373,000.

Reeds of Lake Manzila (Damietta) providing cover for migrating birds

Cat worship

near Zagazig

MOULIDS

21st- and 22nd-Dynasty tombs at

the royal necropolis at Tanis

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp281–2 and pp300–301

Typical architectural motifs of stripes, porticos and balconies near Mosque of Abu al-Abbas Mursi, Alexandria

Colourful river taxis at Rosetta where a branch of the Nile flows into the Mediterranean

For additional map symbols see back flap

Sidi Abdel Rahman, near the El-Alamein battlefield memorials

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

SEE ALSO

Fort Qaitbey, dating from the 1480s and occupying the site of

the Pharos – Alexandria’s legendary lighthouseOne of three sphinxes from a tomb

near Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria

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Motorway

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Minor road

Scenic route

Main railway

Minor railway

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International border

GETTING AROUND

Street scene in Marsa Matruh, a resort to the west of Alexandria

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INTRODUCING EGYPT

DISCOVERING EGYPT 10-11 PUTTING EGYPT ON THE MAP 12-13

A PORTRAIT OF EGYPT 14-37 EGYPT THROUGH THE YEAR 38-43

THE HISTORY OF EGYPT 44-63

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AROUND CAIRO

• The pyramids at Saqqara

• Lakes and oases

• Ancient Memphis

• Carpet schools

Nile Barrages Qanater

Saqqara

Dahshur

Fayoum Oasis

Abusir

Memphis

CAIRO

• Mosques and museums

• Wondrous pyramids

• Shopping in the souqs

• Buzzing nightlife

Pyramids

Sphinx

Egyptian Museum

The Citadel

Mosque of Ibn Tulun

Khan al-Khalili

Opera House

The majestic Sphinx on the Giza Plateau, in the suburbs of Cairo

Camels riding past verdant Fayoum, Egypt’s largest oasis

Tutankhamun’s gilded

fan, Egyptian Museum

Hieroglyphics on tomb in the Valley of the Kings

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THE NILE VALLEY

• Theban tombs

• Luxor and Karnak

• The lazy Nile

• The dams at Aswan

Luxor

Thebes

Edfu

Kom Ombo

Abu

Simbel

THE DELTA AND THE NORTH COAST

• Alexandria

• Ottoman architecture

• Important battlegrounds

• Historic Rosetta

Alexandria

El-Alamein

Abu Qir

Rosetta

THE WESTERN DESERT

• Verdant oases

• Desert treasures

• Safari adventure

• Berber culture

Kharga Dakhla

Farafra

Bahariyya

Siwa

The extraordinary colours of the Red Sea coral reef

The unmistakable sail of a felucca

slowly gliding along the Nile

SINAI AND THE RED SEA COAST

• Beautiful beaches

• Spectacular diving

• Monasteries and castles

• Watersports and golf

Sharm el-Sheikh

Monastery of

St Catherine

Pharaoh’s Island

Dahab

Hurghada

Soma Bay

El-Gouna

Ancient ruins in Siwa, a remote

oasis in the Western Desert

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Satellite image of Egypt showing the

Nile Valley and Delta

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International airport

Domestic airport

Ferry port

Motorway

Major road

Railway line

International border

Disputed border

CAIRO AND ENVIRONS

EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST AND NORTH AFRICA

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DAILY LIFE

Traders negotiating at one of Egypt’s lively and fascinating camel markets

The fertile Nile Delta, one of the most intensely cultivated areas of the world

Pectoral of Tutankhamun

(1336–1327 BC)

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Solitary felucca sailing serenely down the tranquil waters of the Nile

Men chatting in a Cairo coffee house, a

popular male Egyptian pastime

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RELIGION AND CULTURE

Modern Cairo with the Pyramids of Giza just visible through the evening haze

Umm Kolthum

in concert

The hegab or headscarf, increasingly worn by Egyptian women

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Highrise blocks of modern Cairo overlooking the Nile

Negotiating the streets around Midan Ataba in

Cairo on a daily bread round

Nasser, President of

Egypt 1956–70

POLITICS AND ECONOMICS

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A visitor at a Red Sea resort, enjoying Egypt’s

beautiful beaches and all-year round sun

Ancient tombs lying in the path of a motorway

EGYPT TODAY

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HOWARD CARTER (1873–1939)

Napoleon’s scholars

Jean-François

Champollion

Hieroglyphs

The treasures

Greek historian

Herodotus

Howard Carter

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ARCHAEOLOGY AND TECHNOLOGY

Restoration and

preservation work

Tutankhamun’s death mask

UNDERWATER DISCOVERIES

Modern technologies

Trajan’s Kiosk (also known as the Pharaoh’s

Bedstead) before relocation at Philae

RELOCATION OF ANCIENT TEMPLES

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THE ROSETTA STONE – CRACKING THE CODE

Ptolemaic scribes

Egyptian scribes

The Rosetta Stone, inscribed by

the priests of Ptolemy V (196 BC)

Thoth

Hieroglyph for

motion or “to go”

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THE IMPORTANCE OF NAMES

HIEROGLYPHIC TEXT

This detail of the King List

Egyptian kings

The oval cartouche

Hieratic script

Hieroglyphs

Son

sa

Ra

ra

Lord

neb

Appearance

kha

Hieroglyphs for “Son of Ra,

Lord of Appearances”

Deter-

minative

plural

symbol

TRANSLATING HIEROGLYPHS

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A DAY IN THE LIFE

OF A TEMPLE PRIEST

Pylons

Goddess Maat

Flagstaffs

Entrance to

enclosure

Processional route

Statue of

a priest

praying

The central court

Covered

colonnade

Funerary priest in a leopard skin,

performing sacred rituals

CULT TEMPLE RECONSTRUCTION

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Tomb decorations

The shrine

Inner chambers

MORTUARY TEMPLES

The hypostyle hall’s

Sacred lakes

Outer

temple wall

Priests’

houses

Small hypostyle

hall

The Ramesseum in Thebes (see pp200–1),

the mortuary temple of Ramses II

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OSIRIS, ISIS AND HORUS

CREATION MYTH

Nephthys

Nut Geb

Amun

Osiris in a

typical pose

Household

god Bes

Statuette of Osiris (centre) with

his son Horus and loyal wife Isis

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THE BENU BIRD

THE SUN Khepri

Ra-Harakhty

Obelisk,

symbol of

first land

MaatRa

Tomb painting showing the

worship of the Benu bird

Shu

MAJOR GODS

Amun

Anubis

Atum

Bes

Geb

Hathor

Horus

Isis

Khepri

Maat

Nekhbet

Nephthys

Nut

Osiris

Ptah

Ra

Sekhmet

Seth

Shu

Tefnut

Thoth

Wadjet

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ANIMAL MUMMIES

Anubis

Wedjat “eye of

Horus” amulet

Ramses III

Natron

The mummified body

Canopic jars

Natural mummification

MUMMIFICATION TECHNIQUES

Ibis mummy

Cat

mummy

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FUNERARY RITES AND CEREMONIES

MUMMY MASKS ACCESSORIES

The Book of

the Dead

Roman portrait masks

A model funerary

boat

A mummy mask

The Weighing of the

Heart

Shabti

figures

The Opening of the Mouth

Amulets

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EGYPTIAN HOUSING

This family group

Small, high

windows

The roof vent

Egyptian houses

More complex housing

Soul houses

The village at Deir al-Medina, founded in the 16th century

BC for those working in the Valley of the Kings

Cooking

Tomb model of man

ploughing with oxen

WORKERS’ VILLAGE AT DEIR

AL-MEDINA

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WOMEN IN SOCIETY

Peasant farmers

Skilled craftsmen

Dairy produce

Three noble-

women

Women

Two women

Nile-style farming

The Nile

WORKING LIFE IN ANCIENT EGYPT

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The Quran

This house

The crescent

moon

THE FIVE PILLARS OF FAITH

Muslims praying outside the Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein

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Mosques

THE CALL TO PRAYER

Muslim festivals

Arcaded courtyard of the Mosque of al-Azhar, Cairo

Minaret

Balcony, from where the

call to prayer is

traditionally made

Prayer hall

entrance, where

footwear must

be removed

Crescent-shaped finial

VISITING A MOSQUE

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Typical mosque-style building with

domes and minarets (see p93)

The grandest private houses

Rooftop wind catchers

DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE

Wooden ceilings

Indoor fountains

Mashrabiyya

A qaa or reception

room

The House of Amasyali

Roof detail on

a madrassa

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The rooms

Tiles painted

Fountains

Pillars

Decorative lattice

The crescent

moon

SABIL-KUTTAB (FOUNTAIN AND SCHOOL)

WIKALA (HOTEL)

MAUSOLEUM (TOMB)

MADRASSA (LAW SCHOOL)

Madrassa of Sultan Barquq (see p97)

The Wikala of al-Ghouri (see p92)

Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel Katkhuda (see p98)

Four marble

columns

Elaborate

wrought-iron

Late Ottoman tomb

Fountains

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Agriculture

Fennec foxesScorpions

Sinai’s red massif

Date palms

DESERTS

Desert travel, reliant on camels

and date palms

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The

Purple

Gallinule

Coral reefs

Papyrus

Acacia

The Spitting Cobra

Farmland

NILE VALLEY AND DELTA

COASTAL REGIONSMANGROVE SWAMPS

Mangrove swamps fringing the Sinai coastline

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MAY

Labour Day

Moulid of St Damyanah

National Fishing Com-

petition

Nile Swimming Race

Ragabiyya

SPRINGMARCH

Flower Show

Feast of the Annunciation

Easter

Sham an-Nessim

APRIL

International Camel Race

Competition

Sinai Liberation Day

Making sweets in the

market

Families celebrating the arrival of spring on Sham an-Nessim

Coptic Christians celebrating Palm

Sunday, a week before Easter

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MUSLIM FESTIVALS

Cookies for Eid al-Fitr

Religious holidays

Sufi dancers

Eid al-Fitr

ISLAMIC CALENDAR

Eid al-Adha

Ras as-Sana

Moulid an-Nabi

Ramadan

Eid al-Fitr

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Shopping and Tourism

Festival

AUGUST

International Folk Festival

International Song Festival

SUMMERJUNE

Al-Ahram International

Squash Competition

Evacution Day

JULY

Revolution Day

Donkey trekking in the heat of summer, Valley of the Kings, Luxor

Pope Shenouda III

AUTUMN

SEPTEMBER

Nile Festival Day

Coptic festivals

COPTIC FESTIVALSCOPTIC CALENDAR

Easter

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International Cinema

Festival

OCTOBER

Aida Opera

Alexandria Mediterranean

Biennale

National Day

The Battle of El-Alamein

Commemoration

Ramses Festival

Moulid of Sayyid Ahmed al-

Badawi

National Liberation Day

Suez Victory Day

Pharaoh’s Rally

NOVEMBER

Arabian Horse Festival

International Fishing

Competition

Luxor National Festival

World Bowling

Championship

A colourful pageant at the Arabian Horse Festival, Az-Zahraa

One of the cultural highlights of the Egyptian calendar, Verdi’s spectacular opera, Aida

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WINTER

DECEMBER

The International Nile

Regatta

The International Cinema

Festival

JANUARY

International Sailing

Championship

New Year’s Day

Coptic Christmas

International Egyptian

Marathon

International Windsurfing

Competition

Epiphany

The Paris-Dakar-

Cairo Rally

Cairo International Book Fair

FEBRUARY

Abu Simbel Festival

The organized chaos of the International Book Fair, Cairo

A competitor in the motorcycle class of the Paris-Dakar-Cairo Rally

Windsurfing on

the Red Sea

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Snorkelling in

the Red Sea

CAIRO•

•Alexandria

Kharga•

Sharm el-Sheikh

•Luxor

•Aswan

THE DELTA AND THE NORTH COAST

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8000 BC3400 BC

10,000 BC 5000 BC 4500 BC 4000 BC 3500 BC

3100 BC

TIMELINE

Graeco-Roman mosaic showing the flooding of the Nile, Egypt’s temples and its fabled wildlife

3250 BC

3000 BC

10,000 BC c. 4000 BC

King Narmer’s

Palette

c.3100 BC

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THE OLD KINGDOM

(3100–2180 BC)

TIMELINE

2665 BC

2900 BC 2800 BC 2700 BC 2600 BC 2500 BC

2613–2589 BC

c.2558 BCc.2589 BC2686 BC

The Pyramids at Giza, magnificent symbols of the divine power of the early Egyptian kings

Statue of King

Khafre protected by the

falcon god Horus

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FIRST INTERMEDIATE PERIOD,

MIDDLE KINGDOM AND SECOND

INTERMEDIATE PERIOD

(2180–1550 BC)

Model of the

private army of the

Governor of Asyut (c.2000 BC)

2400 BC 2300 BC 2200 BC 2100 BC 2000 BC

2278 BC 2184 BC2180 BC 2004 BC

2055 BC2125 BC

2160 BC

Statue of Montuhotep II, Theban

founder of the 11th Dynasty

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1855 BC

TIMELINE

1965 BC

1874–1855 BC

1750–1650 BC1795–1725 BC

1900 BC 1800 BC 1700 BC

1799–1795 BC

Teams of workers dragging a huge stone statue, from the Middle Kingdom tomb of Djehutyhotep (c.1850 BC)

Sphinx bearing the

face of Amenemhat III

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THE NEW KINGDOM

(1550–1070 BC)

Statue of Hatshepsut

as a bearded pharaoh

1600 BC 1500 BC 1400 BC

1650 BC c.1560 BC

c.1500 BC1458–1425 BC

1390–1352 BC1473–1458 BC1525 BC1550 BC

Tuthmosis III making offerings to Amun-Ra, the

national deity during the New Kingdom

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IST DYNASTY 2ND DYNASTY

18TH DYNASTY 20TH DYNASTY19TH DYNASTY

26TH DYNASTY

(Saite)

27TH DYNASTY

(Persian Period 1)

28TH DYNASTY 30TH DYNASTY

2181–2125 BC 2160 –2055 BC 2055 –1985 BC 1985 –1795 BC

FIRST INTERMEDIATE PERIOD

EARLY DYNASTIC PERIOD

3100–2890 BC 2890–2686 BC

MIDDLE KINGDOM

7TH & 8TH DYNASTIES

9TH & 10TH DYNASTIESHERAKLEOPOLITAN

11TH DYNASTYALL EGYPT

12TH DYNASTY

NEW KINGDOM

1550 –1295 BC 1295 –1186 BC 1186 –1069 BC

LATE PERIOD

672 –525 BC 525 –359 BC 404 –c.380 BC 380 –343 BC

11TH DYNASTY(THEBES ONLY)

29TH DYNASTY

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3RD DYNASTY 4TH DYNASTY 5TH DYNASTY 6TH DYNASTY

13TH DYNASTY 15TH DYNASTY

(HYKSOS)

17TH DYNASTY

21ST DYNASTY 22ND DYNASTY 23RD DYNASTY 25TH DYNASTY

PERSIAN PERIOD 2 MACEDONIAN DYNASTY

PTOLEMAIC DYNASTY

PTOLEMAIC DYNASTY (CONT.)

1795 –1650 BC

OLD KINGDOM

2686 –2613 2613 –2498 BC 2345 –2181 BC2494 –2345 BC

SECOND INTERMEDIATE PERIOD

1650 –1550 BC1650 –1550 BC

THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD LATE PERIOD

1069 –945 BC 945 –715 BC 747–656 BC818–715 BC

PTOLEMAIC PERIOD

80 –30 BC305 –80 BC343 –332 BC 332 –305 BC

14TH DYNASTY

16TH DYNASTY

24TH DYNASTY

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TIMELINE

1279–1213 BC

1352–1336 BC

1300 BC 1000 BC 850 BC

1070 BC

Philistines, one of the “Peoples of the Sea”, being taken prisoner by

Egyptians, from Ramses III’s mortuary temple at Medinat Habu

Bust of Queen

Nefertiti, 18th Dynasty

c.1274 BC 1070 BC 747–656 BC

945–924 BC

1150 BC

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THIRD INTERMEDIATE PERIOD,

LATE PERIOD AND PTOLEMAIC

PERIOD (1070–30 BC)

Alexander the Great

550 BC 400 BC 100 BC

305 BC380–343 BC

664–525 BC

Ptolemy V, wearing traditional Pharaonic clothing,

making offerings to the sacred Buchis bull

669 BC 332 BC

525 BC

323 BC

51–30 BC

30 BC

250 BC700 BC

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EGYPT AND ROMAN EXPANSION

ORIENTALIST PAINTING OF CLEOPATRA

This Classical bust

Ptolemy I (305–285 BC)

This Ptolemaic papyrus

KEY

Rome 300 BC

Rome 51 BC

Ptolemaic Kingdom 51 BC

Cleopatra’s

cartouche

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CLEOPATRA AND ROME

Mark Antony

Julius Caesar

Octavian

The African asp

At the Battle of Actium (31 BC)

THE ENDURING APPEAL OF CLEOPATRA Shakespeare’s

play

Eye makeupHollywood films

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FROM CHRIST TO MOHAMMED

TIMELINE

30 BC–395 AD

640394

AD 1 150 300 450 600 750

451527

Detail of a manuscript showing Mamluk

cavalrymen in training (1348)

Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi (1138–93), the

scourge of the European Crusaders

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SLAVES AND SOLDIERS

Magnificent interior of the Mosque of Qaitbey (1475),

built with money raised by taxes

900 1050 1200 1350 1500

969 12501468–96

876–9 1171 1516

19th-century lithograph of Sultan Baybars I (c.1265)

executing Christians who refuse to convert to Islam

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OTTOMAN RULE

EUROPE “DISCOVERS” EGYPT

TIMELINE

1520–66

1528

1550 1600 1650

1566 1650

Sultan Selim I (1467–1520), also

known as Selim “the Grim”

The defeat of the Mamluks by Napoleon’s army during the 1798 Battle of the Pyramids

1623

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MOHAMMED ALI

AND HIS HEIRS

The 1811 massacre of the leading Mamluk

amirs ordered by Viceroy Mohammed Ali

1700 1750 1800 1850

1719 17981805

1882

1707 1822

Mohammed Ali in negotiations with the British, following

his threat to overthrow the Ottoman sultan

1869

19th-century advertisement

showing Europeans at Giza

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THE CANAL ROUTE

Cairo

Rosetta

branch of

the Nile

The Bitter

Lakes

Suez

This impressive

Ferdinand de Lesseps

Construction

DIGGING THE SUEZ CANAL

Statue of

Ferdinand

de Lesseps

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BUILDING BOOM

Ismailia Port Said

Inaugural celebrations

The opera Aida

The Cairo Marriott Hotel

President Gamal Abdel

Nasser (1918–70)

Lake

Manzila

THE SUEZ CRISIS

British troops at Port Said during

the 1956 invasion

Lake Timsah

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BRITISH OCCUPATION

1952 REVOLUTION

TIMELINE

1900 1920 1940

1922 1942

Nasser receives a hero’s welcome

after the successful coup of 1952

Early 20th-century photograph of members of the

British elite at Shepheard’s Hotel in Cairo

1922

1935

1919

1952

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SADAT AND MUBARAK

Lasers and fireworks illuminate the Giza Pyramids on Millennium night

1960 1980 2000

1956 1981 2000

196719881970

Former US President Bill Clinton and President

Mubarak during the Middle East peace talks in 2000

1999

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CAIRO AREA BY AREA

CAIRO AT A GLANCE 6667

CENTRAL CAIRO 6885

ISLAMIC CAIRO 86111

RHODA ISLAND AND OLD CAIRO 112125

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS 126139

SHOPPING IN CAIRO 150151

ENTERTAINMENT IN CAIRO 152153

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Surrounded by the domes of Fatimid Cairo, the minaret of the Madrassa and Mausoleum of Sultan Qalawun

Cairo

Tower

The Hanging Church

Cairo Tower

The Egyptian Museum

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The Mosque of Ibn Tulun

The Citadel

Khan al-Khalili

The Mosque of al-Azhar

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0 yards

900

900

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The faded grandeur of a typical apartment balcony near Midan Ataba (see p78)

Areas, Streets & Squares

Museums & Historic Buildings

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Walks

GETTING AROUND

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0 yards

500

500

Sculpture

outside Opera

Complex

KEY

Street-by-Street map pp70–71

Post office

Metro station

Felucca hire

Riverbus terminal

Bus station

Train station

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The Nile Hilton

Hotel

Zamalek

Bus Station

Ramses Station

0 metres

0 yards

130

130

STAR SIGHTS

Egyptian Museum

KEY

Suggested route

Gezira

SH

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C O R NI C H E E L – N

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T A L A A T

The Arab League Building,

meeting place for Arab

world leaders.

Semiramis

Intercontinental

Hotel

Felfela

restaurant

Groppi’s

café

Mogamma

Building

Omar

Makram

Mosque

LOCATOR MAP

See Street Finder Map 5

AT

–T

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RI R

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I D A N

H A R B

KU

BR

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RHODA ISLAND & OLD CAIRO

CENTRAL

CAIRO

M

I DA N T A H R I R

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Two Cairenes, dressed in traditional garments

called galabiyyas, in Midan Tahrir

Flags fly above the Neo-Islamic

façade of the American University

Qasr al-Aini, Midan Tahrir. Map 5 B4.

Sadat. 8:30am–5pm

Sun–Thur, 10:30am–5pm Sat.

Map 5 C3. Sadat.

Groppi’s

See pp74–7.

Shar Hashamaim Synagogue, near

Sharia Talaat Harb

Map 5 B4. Sadat.

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Small fruit stall set up in an alleyway off Sharia Talaat Harb

Map 5.C3. Sadat.

PARIS BY THE NILE

Kubri Qasr el-Nil (Qasr el-Nil Bridge), part of the

European-style Cairo planned by Khedive Ismail

Statue of Mustafa Kamel

overlooking his square

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STAR EXHIBITS

Tutankhamun

Galleries

Royal Mummy

Room

Amarna Room

Statue of Ka-Aper

Entrance

GALLERY GUIDE

Animal

mummies

Royal Tombs

of Tanis

Triad of

Menkaure

Middle

Kingdom

Models

First

floor

Ground

floor

Yuya and

Thuyu

collection

Gold bracelet

from Tanis

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VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Midan Tahrir, Cairo.

Map 5 B3. Sadat. to

Midan Tahrir. Tel (02) 578 2448,

(02) 578 2452. 9am–6:30pm

daily (last admission 6pm); 9am–

3pm during Ramadan.

Left luggage

facilities available.

Royal Mummy Room same

hours as main museum.

The Fayoum Portaits

Colossus of

Amenhotep III

and Queen Tiye

KEY

Old Kingdom

Middle Kingdom

New Kingdom

Late Period

Coffins and Sarcophagi

Tutankhamun Galleries

Royal Mummy Room

Middle Kingdom Models

Miscellaneous exhibits

Non-exhibition space

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Wall frieze, known as the Meidum Geese, painted on plaster (c.2620 BC)

18th-Dynasty relief of Amenhotep III riding over bound Nubian captives

OLD KINGDOM

NEW KINGDOM

Head of Queen

Nefertiti (c.1340 BC)

Tuya’s golden

funeral mask

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Tutankhamun’s carved throne

inlaid with gold and ebony

One of Tutankha-

mun’s gilded fans

TUTANKHAMUN GALLERIES

MIDDLE KINGDOM MODELS

MISCELLANEOUS EXHIBITS

Model servant

girl (c.2010 BC)

ROYAL MUMMY ROOM

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National Postal

Museum

Cairo Puppet Theatre

National Postal MuseumMidan Ataba. Ataba.

9am–1pm Sat–Thu.

Cairo Puppet TheatreMidan Ataba. Ataba. Tel (02) 591

0954. Oct–May: show at 11am

Tue–Sun, also 6:30pm Thu & Fri.

Clothes stall in front of mosque in

Midan Ataba

Sharia Port Said. Map 6 E3. Mo-

hammed Naguib. Tel (02) 390 9930.

8:30am–4pm daily (9am–3pm

Ramadan). 11:30am–1pm Fri.

Map 6 D2 & E2. Ataba.

Former Tiring department store designed

by Oscar Horowitz in 1911, Midan Ataba

Map 2 D3. Mubarak.

Egyptian National

Railway Museum

Ibrahim Pasha’s

statue, Midan Opera

Egyptian National Railway MuseumMidan Ramses. Map 2 D3.

Mubarak. Tel (02) 576 3793.

8am–2pm Tue–Sun.

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Sharia al-Gamaa. Map 6 D4.

Mohammed Naguib. Tel (02) 391

0042. 10am–2pm Sat–Thu

(10am–1pm Ramadan).

Entrance to Abdeen Palace, museum and gardens

Cannon yard of the Abdeen Palace Museum

A manuscript in the

Museum of Islamic Art

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Harat Monge, off Sharia Khayrat.

Map 4 D2. Tel (02) 391 5565. Saad

Zaghloul. 9:30am–3pm Sat–Wed.

Beit al-

Umma

Beit al-UmmaSharia Darih Zaghloul. Sadat.

daily.

Map 5 A4. Sadat.

Sharia Mansour. Map 5 B5.

Saad Zaghloul.

Map 5 A5. Sadat.

Grey

Pillars

Elegant, curving façade of a building in Garden

City flanked by tree-lined pavements

View across the Nile from the Corniche north of Rhoda Island

Side view of mashrabiyya bay on

first floor of Beit as-Sennari

Shaira Romses and Kubri 6 October winding their way into the heart of Downtown Cairo

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Regnault’s painting of a fleeing

Mamluk, in the Manial Palace

Façade of Cairo’s Mahmoud Khalil Museum

1 Sharia Kafour, off Sharia Giza.

Map 1 A4. Tel (02) 336 2358, (02)

336 2359. Doqqi.

10am–5:30pm Tue–Sun.

Detail of Mohammed Ali

Mosque, Manial Palace

Sharia al-Saray, Rhoda. Map 3 B2.

Tel (02) 531 5587. Sayyida

Zeinab. 8:30am–4pm daily.

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Sculpture in the grounds of the

Opera House Complex

View from Rhoda Island of New Cairo Opera House and Cairo Tower

Sharia Hadayek el Zuhreya. Map 1

B5. Gezira. Tel (02) 735 7187.

8am–midnight daily.

Gezira. Map 1 A3.

Gezira. Map 1 B5. Gezira.

Andalusian Garden

Museum of Egyptian Modern ArtOpera House Complex, Gezira.

Gezira. Tel (02) 736 6665.

10am–1pm, 5–9pm daily.

Horse-drawn carriage (hantour)

for hire on the River Promenade

Sharia at-Tahrir, Gezira. Map 1 A5.

Gezira. Tel (02) 739 8144.

New Cairo

Opera House

Museum of Egyptian

Modern Art

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Looking south from 15th May Bridge towards high-rise buildings lining the waterfront in west Zamalek

Gezira Arts

Centre

Akhenaten

Centre of Arts

Greater

Cairo Library

Gezira Arts Centre1 Sharia Sheikh al-Marsafi. Tel (02)

737 3298. 10am–1:30pm & 6–

10pm (5–9pm winter) Sat–Thu.

Akhenaten Centre of Arts1 Sharia Mahaad al-Swissri. Tel (02)

735 8211. 10am–1:30pm &

6–10pm (5:30–9pm winter) Sat–Thu.

Greater Cairo Library15 Sharia Mohammed Mazhar.

Tel (02) 736 2280. 9am–5pm

Sat–Thu.

Entrance to Cairo Marriott Hotel, formerly the Gezira Palace

One of the houseboats moored

near 15th May Bridge

HOUSEBOATS

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Dominating the skyline of Islamic Cairo, the silver domes of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali in the Citadel

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

Mosques and Historic

Buildings

Bazaars and Markets Walls and Gates

Sacks of spices in

Khan al-Khalili

0 metres

0 yards

800

800

KEY

Street-by-Street mapSee pp88–9

Street-by-Street mapSee pp94–5

GETTING AROUND

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STAR SIGHTS

Mosque of al-Azhar

Khan al-Khalili

Wikala of al-Ghouri

Egyptian

Pancake House

(see p291) Mosque of

Abu Dahab

Stall on Al-

Muizz li-

Din Allah

S H A R I AA L – M U S K I

S H A R I AA L – A Z H A R

KEY

Suggested route

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Fishawi’s

coffee house

(see p90)

Gates

RHODA ISLAND

& OLD CAIRO

ISLAMIC

CAIRO

CENTRAL

CAIRO

Khan

al-Khalili

Medieval gatesLOCATOR MAP

See Street Finder Map 2

S I K K E TA L – B A D E S T A N

HU

SS

E IN

S H A R I A A L – A Z H A R

MI D

AN

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0 yards

50

50

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One of two medieval, carved stone

gates in Khan al-Khalili

Brass and leather goods for sale in Khan al-Khalili

Runs between Midan Ataba and

Midan al-Hussein. Map 6 F3.

Fishawi’s

Apple vendor in the bustling street

market of Sharia Muski

Map 2 F5. or taxi to Midan

al-Hussein. daily (most shops

closed Sundays).

Wikala

of Silahdar

Midan al-Hussein. Map 2 F5.

to non-Muslims.

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Wooden mashrabiyya screen covering the

window of Beit Zeinab Khatoun

Sharia al-Azhar. Map 2 F5. daily.

for noon prayers Fri.

Gate of

the Barbers

Domes and minarets of Mosque of al-Azhar seen from Zeinab Khatoun

Harat al-Azhar. Map 2 F5. daily.

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Sharia al-Azhar. Map 2 F5. Tel (02)

511 0472. 9am–3pm daily.

WHIRLING DERVISHES

Central courtyard of the three-

storey Wikala of al-Ghouri

Tapestry of women carrying water, an example of the

craft items on sale in the Wikala of al-Ghouri

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah. Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 511 0472. 9am–midnight

daily. 11:30am–1:30pm Fri.

Carpenter at work in

the Wikala of al-Ghouri

Whirling Dervishes performing

their mesmerising dance ritual

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MINARETS

The dome

This cupola

The dome

STONE DOMES

This simple minaret

The minaret

This three-tiered

Simple wooden rail-

ings

Pepperpot

caps

This external

staircase

Stalactites

A pavilion

Pear-

shaped

bulb

Brass

crescent

Crescent

moon

symbol

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Madrassa of

Sultan Barquq

The Madrassa and

Mausoleum of Sultan

Qalawun

Madrassa and

Mausoleum of

Sultan an-Nasr

Mohammed

Khan

al-Khalili

A horse-

drawn cart

B E I NA L – Q A S R E E N

S H A R I AB E I T

A L – Q A D IM

I DA N

B E IT

A L –Q A D I

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STAR SIGHTS

Beit as-Suhaymi

Bein al-Qasreen

LOCATOR MAP

See Street Finder Map 2

KEY

Suggested route

0 metres

0 yards

30

30

Several derelict wikalas

Northern

Walls

Midan

al-Hussein

Mosque of

Suleiman

Silahdar RHODA ISLAND

& OLD CAIRO

Fatimid

Cairo

ISLAMIC

CAIRO

CENTRAL

CAIRO

SH

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I AA

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MB

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SH

I YY

AD A R B

A L – A S F U R

A L – MU I Z

ZL I –

D I NA L L A H

S H A R I A

S H A R I A

G A MA L I

Y Y A

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NAGUIB MAHFOUZ

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah. Map 2 F4.

Madrassa and

Mausoleum of

Sultan Qalawun

Detail of inscription and motifs in the Mausoleum of Sultan Qalawun

Madrassa and Mauso-

leum of Sultan an-Nasr

Mohammed

View across the rooftops to the balconies on the

minaret of the Madrassa of Sultan Barquq

1966 novel

by Naguib

Mahfouz

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Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah.

Map 2 F4. daily. 11:30am–

1:30pm Fri.

RECYCLING HISTORY

Mashrabiyya screens on the façade

of Qasr Beshtak

Madrassa of Sultan Barquq

Madrassa and Mausoleum of Sultan QalawunMap 2 F4. daily.

11:30am–1:30pm Fri.

Madrassa and Mausoleum of Sultan an-Nasr MohammedMap 2 F4. daily.

11:30am–1:30pm Fri.

Madrassa of Sultan BarquqMap 2 F4. daily. 11:30am–

1:30pm Fri.

Dome and minaret in

Bein al-Qasreen

Pharaonic carving on

Cairo’s Northern Walls

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Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah.

Map 2 F4. daily. 11:30am–

1:30pm Fri.

Map 2 F5.

Carved stone stalactites between

ribbed arches on Mosque al-Aqmar

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah.

Map 2 F4. daily. for noon

prayers Fri.

19 Darb al-Asfar, off Sharia al-Muizz

li-Din Allah. Map 2 F4. daily.

for noon prayers Fri.

“Joggling” on southern facing arch of Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel Katkhuda

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Sharia al-Galal. Map 2 F4. daily.

11:30am–1:30pm Fri.

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah. Map 2 F4.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Unique style of minaret at

the Mosque of al-Hakim

Onion and garlic stalls setting up along Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah

Sheesha pipe manufacturer on

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah

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Mausoleum of

Ibn Barquq

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah. Map 6 F3.

Intricate Mamluk designs on the Mosque of

Qaitbey’s minaret, Northern Cemetery

Northern Cemetery, including dome of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey Mosque

East of Sharia Salah Salem.

102, 103 from Midan Tahrir.

Mosque of Qaitbey

Complex of

Sultan Ashraf Barsbey

View through the morning mist over Islamic Cairo

Mosque of QaitbeySharia Sultan Qaitbey.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Complex of Sultan Ashraf BarsbeySharia Sultan Qaitbey. Map: 4 D2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Mausoleum of Ibn BarquqSharia Sultan Qaitbey. Map: 4 D2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

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LIVING WITH THE DEAD

Sharia Ahmed Mahir. Map: 6 F4.

daily. 11:30am–1:30pm Fri.

Sharia Ahmed Mahir. Map: 6 F4.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Sharia al-Khaimiyya. Map: 6 F4.

Courtyard of Mosque of Sultan

al-Muayyad, by Bab Zuweila

Children playing amongst the tombs in the Northern

Cemetery, sometimes known as the “City of the Dead”

Mosque of

Sultan al-Muayyad

Mosque of Sultan al-MuayyadSharia Ahmed Mahir. Map: 6 F4.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Appliqué motif from the

Tentmakers’ Market

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Qasr

al-Gawhara

Southern

Enclosure

Bab al-Azab

Lower

Enclosure

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THE HIPPODROME

The statue of

Ibrahim Pasha

The upper ramparts

19th-century engraving of Bab al-Azab

and the Hippodrome area

The Carriage Museum

Sand

Tower

Northern

Enclosure

Garden

Museum

Bab al-Gadid

(entrance)

Bab al-Gebel

(entrance)

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Sharia Salah Salem. Map 4 F2.

summer: 8am–6pm

daily; winter: 8am–5pm daily

(museums close at 4:30pm).

religious holidays. (additional

charge for Northern Enclosure).

STAR FEATURES

Mohammed Ali

Mosque

Mosque of Suleiman

Pasha

Views over Cairo

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Mosque of Mohammed Ali

Mosque of an-Nasr Mohammed

A view of the Mosque of Mohammed Ali, within the Citadel walls

Arcaded courtyard of the Mosque

of an-Nasr Mohammed

Detail of a water fountain in the

Mosque of Mohammed Ali

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RAYA AND SAKINA – SISTERS IN NOTORIETY

Military Museum

Other MuseumsAl-Gawhara Palace

Carriage Museum

Towers, Gates and Walls

Mihrab (prayer niche) and minbar (pulpit) in Mosque of Suleiman Pasha

Police Museum

Mosque of Suleiman Pasha

Statue of a lion at the entrance of

the Police Museum

Raya Sakina

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Midan Salah ad-Din. Map 4 E2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Midan Salah ad-Din. Map 4 E2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Mosque of Sultan Hassan (left) and Mosque of ar-Rifai (right) seen from the Citadel

Detail of wall and steps from the

Mosque of Sultan Hassan

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Sharia as-Saliba. Map 4 E2.

Mosque

of Sheikhu

Khanqah of Sheikhu

Mosque and Khanqah of SheikhuSharia as-Saliba. Map 4 E2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Mosque of Hassan SadaqaSharia as-Suyufiya. Map 4 E2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri

DECORATIVE MAMLUK MOTIFS

Mosque of Amir

Akhur

Mosque of Amir AkhurMidan Salah ad-Din. Map 4 F2.

daily. for noon prayers Fri.

Sharia as-Suyufiya. Map 4 E2.

daily.

Detail of the marble inlay on the

Sabil-Kuttab of Qaitbey

A view of the interior of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan

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Gayer-

Anderson

Museum

Entrance

Decorative

motif on arch

Outer

Courtyard

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STAR FEATURES

Mihrab

Spiral Minaret

Fountain

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GAYER-ANDERSON MUSEUM

Reproduction

bust of Nefertiti

Inner courtyard or

sahn

Outside

staircase

Pointed arches

The windows

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Sharia Salibah. Map 4 D2.

8am–6pm daily.

Gayer-Anderson Museum

Tel (02) 364 7822. 8am–

4pm daily. noon–1:30pm Fri

(mosque & museum).

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A haven of peace and tranquillity among the high-walled cobbled alleyways of Coptic Cairo

Holy Places

GETTING AROUND

Archaeological Sites

Museums & Historic Buildings

Virgin icon

in Hanging

Church

KEY

Street-by-StreetSee pp114–15

Metro station

Bus station

Riverbus terminal

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

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0 yards

500

500

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Coptic Museum

window panel

Mari

Girgis

Station

Entrance

to Hanging

Church

Subterranean

entrance to

compound

Entrance

KEY

Built-up area

Roman wall

Railway line

Metro station

SH

AR

IAM

AR

GIR

GIS

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STAR SIGHTS

Coptic Museum

Hanging Church

RHODA ISLAND

& OLD CAIRO

Coptic Cairo

ISLAMIC

CAIRO

CENTRAL

CAIRO

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Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. 8am–12:45pm &

2:30–3:15pm daily.

Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. Tel (02) 363 9742.

9am–5pm daily (9am–3pm

Ramadan).

A 7th-century painting in the Coptic Museum depicting the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus flanked by saints

Worshippers at the entrance to the

Church of St George in Old Cairo

Carved stone

capital, Coptic

Museum

Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. 8am–4pm daily.

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Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. 8am–4pm daily.

Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. 8am–4pm daily.

Coptic Cairo compound. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. 8am–4pm daily.

Carved 13th-century iconostasis in

the Church of St Barbara

The shrine dedicated to St George in the Convent of St George

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On the porch

Inner

courtyard

Icon of

St George

Priests’ quarters

STAR FEATURES

Façade

Sanctuary Screen

Detail from the interior of the dome in the Coptic Museum

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The Chapel of Takla

Haymanot

The foundations

Top of the

screen adorned

with icons

Barrel-vaulted

roof supported

on columns

Icons

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Coptic Cairo compound, Sharia

Mar Girgis. Map 3 B5. Mar

Girgis. from Midan Tahrir.

from Maspero terminal.

Tel (02) 363 9742. 9am–4pm

daily. 8–11am Fri, 7–10am

Sun. (Restoration of the church

interior is currently taking place.)

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POPE SHENOUDA III

Dating from

The ankh

The Coptic language

Boutros Boutros-Ghali

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This is a typical

THE HOLY FAMILY IN EGYPT

Monks

St Anthony’s

Monastery

The Flight into Egypt by Jean-Léon Gérôme (1824–1904)

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Sharia Ain as-Sirah. Map 3 C5.

Mar Girgis.

Midan Amr ibn al-Aas. Map 3 B4.

Mar Girgis. daily. to non-

Muslims at prayer times.

Sharia Abu Seifan. Map 3 B4.

Mar Girgis. 9am–5pm daily.

Church of St

Mercurius

A pottery on the edge of Fustat,

Egypt’s first Islamic city

Façade and entrance to the Mosque of Amr ibn al-Aas

Relief painting,

Church of

St Mercurius

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Sharia al-Malik Salih. Map 3 B5.

Mar Girgis. daily.

UMM KOLTHUM: THE VOICE OF EGYPT

Sharia Mohammed al-Saghir.

Map 3 B5. Mar Girgis.

Munasterli Palace

Ornate ironwork exterior of the

Tomb of Suleiman al-Faransawi

Church of the Holy

Virgin Church of

St Shenouda

Convent of

St Mercurius

Umm Kolthum, Egypt’s

favourite singer

Nilometer on Rhoda Island showing the

simple calibration used to predict the floods

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The Sphinx, carved from an outcrop of soft limestone, in front of the Pyramid of Khafre at Giza

Contrasting European and Moorish

architecture in the suburb of Heliopolis

Moorish detail

from a façade

in Heliopolis

KEY

Central Cairo

Greater Cairo

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Minor roads

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A Queen’s Pyramid with a

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GETTING THERE

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Queens’

Pyramids

Pyramid of

Menkaure Khafre’s

Mortuary Temple

Causeway

GIZA PLATEAU RECONSTRUCTION

Pyramid

of Khafre

STAR SIGHTS

The Great Pyramid

The Sphinx

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MEANING OF THE GIZA PYRAMIDS

Mastaba tombs

Queens’ Pyramids

Khafre’s Valley

Temple

Mastaba tombs

Boat pit

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Sharia al-Ahram (Pyramids Road),

Giza, 12 km (8 miles) SW of Cairo.

(02) 383 8823. 82, 83

from Midan Tahrir.

Giza Plateau 8am–5pm daily.

The Giza Pyramids

8am–4pm daily (5pm in summer).

for each pyramid (one or

more pyramids may be closed for

restoration). Solar Boat Museum

9am–4pm daily (5pm in

summer). Sound & Light

Show 6:30pm, 7:30pm, 8:30pm

in winter (1 hour later in summer).

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The “air shafts”

The Queen’s Chamber

Unfinished

underground chamber

Underlying

bedrock

STAR FEATURES

King’s Chamber

Great Gallery

The Pyramids at Giza set in a timeless desert landscape

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RECONSTRUCTION OF THE KING’S CHAMBER

The “air shaft”

Workers’ graffiti

The cantilevered roof

Stress-relieving chambers

Counter-

balanced slabs

This vertical shaft

King’s Chamber

THE DEVELOPMENT OF PYRAMIDS

The Red or North Pyramid, at

Dahshur (c.2600 BC)

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Pyramid of Menkaure

Pyramid of Khafre

The space-age shape of the Solar

Boat Museum

Egyptian offering camel rides or

simply a photo opportunity

Solar Boat Museum

The Sphinx and Pyramid of Khafre viewed from the edge of the plateau

Idu,

guardian of

the burial complexes

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The Sphinx

The historic Mena House Hotel, at the edge of the Giza Plateau

CLIMBING THE GREAT PYRAMID

Around the Giza Plateau

Tombs of Qar and

Idu

Khufu-

khaf

Meresankh III

Mena House

Hotel

19th-century photograph of tourists

climbing the Great Pyramid

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SIGHTS ON WALK

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8

3

1

Around Uruba Palace

1

2

On the terrace of the Amphitrion

cafeteria, Heliopolis

Hindu motif

from Baron’s

Palace

TIPS FOR WALKERS

Sarting point: Sharia al-Ahram.

Length: 4 km (2.5 miles).

Duration: 1.5 hours.

Getting there: Airport bus No.

356 from new bus station behind

the Egyptian Museum or taxi.Colonnaded façades and teardrop

turrets in Sharia Ibrahim Laqqany

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Basilica to Sharia Baghdad

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Baron Empain’s Byzantine-style Basilica,

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Sightseeing

in Cairo

Cairo at night – view from the Cairo Tower looking south down the Nile over the Opera House Complex

KEY TO CAIRO STREET FINDER

Major sight

Place of interest

Other important building

Railway station

Bus station

Metro station

Taxi rank

River taxi

Felucca boarding point

Tourist information

Hospital

Police station

Post office

Mosque

Church

Synagogue

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26th July, Sharia 1 A3, 2 D4

& 5 A1, 6 D2

AAbd al-Magid

ar-Rimali, Sharia 5 C4

Abd al-Khaliq

Sarwat, Sharia 1 C4, 2 D4

& 5 C2, 6 D2

Abd al-Aziz as-Suud,

Sharia 3 A4

Abd al-Aziz

Gawish, Sharia 5 C4

Abdeen Palace 2 D5, 6 D4

Abdel Kathkuda,

Sabil-Kuttab of 2 F4

Abid Sari, Sharia 1 B1

Abu al-Fida,

Sharia 1 A3, 1 B2

Abu Fadi al-Imari,

Sharia 1 C1

Abu Seifan, Sharia 3 B5

Abu Talib,

Sharia 1 B4, 5 A2

Abul Suud, Sharia 3 B4

Adawiya,

Sharia al- 1 C3, 5 B1

Adly, Sharia 2 D4, 5 C2,

& 6 D2

Ahmad Mahir

Hospital 4 E1, 6 E4

Ahmad Mahir

Midan 2 E5, 6 E4

Ahmad Mahir,

Sharia 2 E5, 6 F4

Ahmed Badawi,

Sharia 2 D2

Ahmed Heshmat,

Sharia 1 A2

Ahmed Hilmi,

Sharia 2 D3

Ahmed Omer,

Sharia 4 D1, 6 E5

Ain as-Sira 4 E5

Al-Azbakiyya

Gardens 2 D4, 6 D2

Al-Bahr al-Ama 1 A3

Al-Fath Mosque 2 D3

& 6 D1

Al-Ghouri Complex 2 F5

Al-Hakim Mosque 2 F4

Al-Malik as-Salih

(Metro) 3 B4

Al-Munira

Hospital 3 C1, 5 C5

Al-Qalaa (Citadel) 4 F2

Al-Qorsaiah Island 3 A5

Alayli, Sharia al- 2 E2

Alfy, Sharia al- 2 D4, 6 D2

Ali, Sharia al- 1 A5

Ali al-Garim, Sharia 3 A5

American University

in Cairo 1 C5, 5 B4

Amir Akhur,

Mosque of 4 E2

Amir al-Guyush,

Sharia 2 E4, 6 F1

Amr Ibn al-Aas,

Mosque of 3 C4

Amerika al-Latinya,

Sharia 5 A4

Anglo-American

Hospital 1 A5

Aqmar,

Mosque of al- 2 F4

Arab League

Building 5 B3

Arab Television

Building 1 B4, 5 A2

Ard Yaqub, Sharia 4 D3

Armidan, Sharia al- 4 E2

Arts Centre 1 B3

As-Sayyida Zeinab

(Area) 4 D1, 6 E5

Ataba (Metro) 6 D2

Ataba, Midan 6 D2

Attar, Sharia al- 2 D1

Azhar,

Mosque of al- 2 F5

Azhar, Sharia al- 2 E5, 6 E3

BBab al-Bahr,

Sharia 2 D3, 6 E1

Bab Zuweila 2 F5, 6 F4

Baghala, Sharia al- 2 F4

Baha ad-Din Hanna,

Sharia 2 F3

Bahr al-Azam,

Sharia al- 3 A5

Baidaq,

Sharia al- 2 D5, 6 D3

Bairam at-Tonsi,

Sharia 3 C2, 4 D3

Baqli, Sharia al- 4 E2

Barabra,

Sharia al- 2 E4, 6 E2

Barrani, Sharia al- 3 C2

Bein al-Harat,

Sharia 2 D3, 6 E1

Bein al-Qasreen 2 F4

Beit Suhaymi 2 F4

Beit Zeinab

Khatoun 2 F5

Ben Ezra

Synagogue 3 B5

Berket ar-Ratl, Sharia 2 E3

Beshtak, Qasr 2 F4

Blue Mosque 4 F1

Brazil, Sharia 1A3

Buktumur, Sharia al- 1 C1

Bulaq (Area) 1 C3

Bulaq al-Gadid,

Sharia 1 B3, 5 A1

Bules Hanna, Sharia 1 A5

Busir, Sharia al- 2 D4

Bustan, Sharia al- 1 C5,

& 2 D5, 5 B3, 6 D3

CCairo Tower 1 B5

Cairo University

Hospital 3 B2

Central Post

Office 2 D4, 6 E2

Champollion,

Sharia 1 C5, 5 B3

Church of St Barbara 3 B5

Church of St George 3 B5

Church of St Sergius 3 B5

Citadel (al-Qalaa) 4 F1

City of The Dead 4 F4

Clot Bey,

Sharia 2 D3, 6 D1

Convent of St George 3 B5

Coptic Museum 3 B5

Corniche el-Nil,

Sharia 3 B5, 1 B5

& 5 A5

DDaiyyura, Sharia ad- 3 C3

Dar as-Sifa, Sharia 3 B1

Darb Ahmar,

Sharia ad- 4 F1

Darb al-Husr, Sharia 4 E2

Darb at-Attarin, Sharia 6 D1

Darb Saada,

Sharia 2 E5, 6 F3

Darih Saad,

Sharia 3 C1, 5 B5

Dawudiya,

Sharia ad- 2 E5, 4 E1

& 6 E4

Dervish Theatre 4 E1

EEgyptian

Museum 1 B5, 5 B3

Eilat, Sharia al- 1 C4, 5 B1

Ein as-Sira, Sharia 3 C2

El-Manial (Area) 3 A2

Embassy of Belgium 5 B5

Embassy

of Brazil 1 B4, 5 A2

Embassy of Greece 5 A5

Embassy of

Indonesia 5 A5

Embassy of Japan 5 A5

Embassy of Oman 1 A2

Embassy of Spain 5 A5

Embassy of the United

Kingdom 3 B1, 5 A4

Embassy of the

United States 3 B1, 5 B4

FFagala, Sharia al- 2 D3

Falaki, Sharia al- 1 C5, 5 C3

Fardus, Sharia al- 1 A4

Fire Service 4 D1, 6 E4

Fishawis

coffee house 2 F5

Fouad, Sharia 1 C2, 2 D2

Fustat, Ruins of 3 C5

Fustat, Sharia al- 3 C4

GGabana Musallama,

Sharia 3 B4

Gadd, Sharia al- 2 E3, 6 E5

Gafar, Sharia 2 F2

Gala, Midan el- 3 A1

Gala, Sharia al- 1 C4, 5 B2

Gamal Abd al-Nasser,

Sharia 1 A4, 3 A4

Gamal ad-Din Abu

Mahasid, Sharia 5 A5

Gamaliya, Sharia al- 2 F4

Gami al-Ismaili,

Sharia 5 C5

Gami Amr al-Aas,

Sharia 3 B4

Gamil, Sharia al- 2 E3

Garden City 3 B1, 5 A5

Gayer-Anderson

Museum 4 D2

Geish, Sharia al- 2 E4, 6 E2

Gezira, Sharia al- 1 A4

Gezira Sporting Club 1 A4

Geziret Badran, Sharia 1 C2

Ghamra, Sharia 2 E2

Ghamra (Metro) 2 F2

Ghitaniya, Sharia al- 1 B1

Gindi, Sharia al- 2 F1

Ginina, Sharia al- 6 D2

Giza, Sharia al- 3 A3

Giza (Area) 3 A5

Gumhuriyya Midan 6 D4

Gumhuriyya

Theatre 2 D5, 6 D3

Gumhuriyya,

Sharia al- 2 D5, 6 D1

HHabib Shalabi, Sharia 2 E3

Hada az-Zuhriya,

Sharia al- 1 A5

Hadiqa, Sharia al- 3 B2

Haimiyya, Sharia al- 6 F4

Hakim, Sharia al- 2 E2

Hamdi, Sharia 2 E3

Hammaziya,

Sharia al- 6 F4

Hanging Church

(al-Muallaqa) 3 B5

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Harat as-Saqqayin,

Sharia 6 D5

Hasan al-Akhbar,

Sharia 2 D5, 6 D4

Hasan al-Qadi, Sharia 1 B1

Hassan al-Anwar,

Sharia 3 C4

Hassan ash-Shugai,

Sharia 2 D5, 6 E3

Hassan Sabry, Sharia 1 A4

Hod Marsud,

Sharia al- 4 D2

Husara, Sharia al- 1 B3

& 5 A1

Husein Basha,

Sharia 1 C5, 5 B3

Husein Higazi,

Sharia 3 C1, 5 B5

Huseinya,

Sharia al- 2 F4

Husni, Sharia 2 F1

IIbn al-Amri, Sharia 2 D1

Ibn al-Kurani,

Sharia 1 C2, 2 D2

Ibn al-Rasid, Sharia 1 C1

Ibn Khaldun, Sharia 2 F2

Ibn Marwan, Sharia 3 A1

Ibn Matruh, Sharia 2 D2

Ibn Tulun,

Mosque of 4 D2

Ibn Yazid, Sharia 3 C3

Ibn Zinki, Sharia 1 A3

Ibrahim al-Gibali,

Sharia 3 B5

Ilwi al-Haggag,

Sharia 1 B4, 5 A1

Imam ash-Shatbi,

Sharia al- 5 B1

Imam Shafii,

Sharia al- 4 E3

Islamic Cairo (Area) 2 E3

Ismail Abaza,

Sharia 3 C1, 5 B5

Ismail Mohammed,

Sharia 1 A2

Ismail Sirri, Sharia 3 C2

Istablat al-Turuq

Abu al-Ela, Sharia 5 A2

KKamil Sidqi,

Sharia 2 E3, 6 F1

Kanisa, Sharia al- 6 D1

Kanisat ar-Rahbat,

Sharia 2 D1

Khalig, Sharia al- 3 C2

Khalig Masri,

Sharia al- 4 D2

Khan al-Khalili 2 F5, 6 F3

Kheirat, Sharia 3 C1, 5 C5

Khulusi, Sharia 2 D1

Khurunfish,

Sharia al- 2 E4, 6 F2

Kubri 26 July 1 B3, 5 A1

Kubri 6 October 1 A5, 2 D3

& 5 A3

Kubri al-Gamia

(University Bridge) 3 A2

Kubri al-Giza 3 A4

Kubri Asr El-Nil 1 B5, 5 A4

Kubri Baghus, Sharia 2 F2

Kubri el-Limun

Station 2 E3

Kubri Funtana 3 B1, 5 A5

Kurdi, Sharia al- 4 F5

LLutfi Hassuna, Sharia 1 A5

MMadabigh, Sharia al- 3 C4

Madaris,

Sharia al- 1 A1, 4 F5

Madrassa of Barquq 2 F4

Madrassat at-Tawfiqiya,

Sharia 2 D1

Maglis ash-Shaab,

Sharia 3 C1, 4 D1

& 5 B4, 6 D5

Magra al-Uyun,

Midan 4 E3

Magra al-Uyun,

Sharia 3 C3, 4 D3

Mohammed Abdel Wahab,

Sharia 2 E1

Mahatta, Sharia al- 1 A1

Mahdi, Sharia al- 6 D1

Mahmoud Bassiouni,

Sharia 5 B3

Mahmoud Khalil

Museum 1 A3

Malik Muzaffar,

Sharia al- 3 A4

Malik Salih, Sharia al- 3 B5

Mamal as-Sabun,

Sharia 2 F1

Manial, Sharia al- 3 B4

Manial Palace 3 B2

Mansur, Sharia 1 C5, 3 C2

& 5 C4

Mansuri, Sharia al- 1 C3

Mar Girgis (Metro) 3 B5

Mar Girgis, Sharia 3 B4

Maridiani,

Mosque of al- 4 E1, 6 F5

Maruf, Sharia 5 B2

Masarra, Sharia 2 D1

Masnaa Ennasig,

Sharia 2 F1

Masr Helwan, Sharia 3 B3

Masri, Sharia al- 3 C2

Matar, Sharia al- 1 A1

Matbaal el-Amiriya,

Sharia al- 1 B3

Mausoleum of

Saad Zaghloul 5 B5

Mawardi, Sharia al- 3 B2

Mesaha, Sharia 3 A1

Midan Ahmad

Mahir 2 E5, 6 E4

Midan as-Sayyida 4 E3

Midan Ataba 2 D4, 6 E2

Midan al-Gala 3 A1

Midan Gumhuriyya 6 D4

Midan Magra

al-Uyun 4 E3

Midan Opera 2 D4, 6 D2

Midan Ramses 2 D3

Midan Saad

Zaghloul 1 B5, 5 A4

Midan Salah ad-Din 4 E2

Midan Sayyida

Zeinab 4 D2

Midan Simon

Bolivar 1 B5, 5 B4

Midan Tahrir 1 C5, 5 B4

Midan

Talaat Harb 1 C5, 5 C3

Ministry of

Communications 3 C1

& 5 B4

Ministry of

Emigration 3 C1, 5 C5

Ministry of

Finance 3 C1, 5 C4

Ministry of

Foreign Affairs 5 B4

Ministry of

Justice 3 C1, 5 C5

Ministry of

Public Health 5 B5

Ministry of

Reconstruction 3 C1

& 5 C5

Ministry of Science &

Research 3 C1, 5 B5

Ministry of

Social Affairs 1 C5, 5 B4

Misr al-Qadima, Sharia 4 D5

Moezz, Sharia al- 2 E5

& 6 F3

Mogamma

Building 1 B5, 5 B4

Mohammed Mazhar,

Sharia 1 A2

Mohammed Izz al-Arab,

Sharia 5 B5

Mohammed Mahmoud,

Sharia 5 B4

Mohammed as-Sughayyar,

Sharia 3 B5

Mohammed Farid,

Sharia 2 D5, 4 D1

& 6 D1

Mohammed Izz al-Arab,

Sharia 3 C1

Mohammed Mahmoud,

Sharia 1 C5, 2 D5

Mohammed Marasli,

Sharia 1 A2

Mohammed Mazlum,

Sharia 5 C3

Mohammed Naguib

(Metro) 2 D5, 6 D3

Monastery of

Saint Mercurius 3 B4

Mosque of al-Aqmar 2 F4

Mosque of al-Azhar 2 F5

Mosque of

al-Maridani 4 E1, 6 F5

Mosque of

Amir Akhur 4 E2

Mosque of Amr

Ibn al-Aas 3 C4

Mosque of ar-Rifai 4 E1

Mosque of

as-Salih Talai 2 E5, 6 F4

Mosque of Ibn Tulun 4 D2

Mosque of Qaitbey 4 D2

Mosque of

Sayyidna Hussein 2 F5

Mosque of

Sultan Hassan 4 E2

Mount Carmelo

Church 1 C3, 5 B1

Muallaqa, al-

(Hanging Church) 3 B5

Mubarak (Metro) 2 D3

Mugharablin,

Sharia al- 4 E1, 6 F5

Muh. Abu Ad Dhahab,

Sharia 4 D2

Muhmisa, Sharia 2 E2

Muhmud Zu al-Faqqar,

Sharia 3 B4

Muizz Li-Din Allah,

Sharia al- 2 F5, 6 F4

Mumtaz, Sharia 3 C2

Munasara,

Sharia al- 2 D5, 6 E3

Munis, Sharia 5 C4

Murqusiya,

Sharia al- 6 D1

Museum of

Islamic Art 2 E5, 6 E3

Museum of

Modern Art 1 A5

Muski, Sharia al- 2 E4

& 6 E3

Mustafa Abd ar-Raziq,

Sharia 6 E4

Mustafi,

Sharia al- 2 D5, 6 D3

NNabil al-Waqad,

Sharia 3 A1

Nagib ar-Raihani,

Sharia 2 D4, 6 D1

Nagm ad-Din, Sharia 4 D2

Nal Bursa, Sharia 5 C2

Nasiriya,

Sharia al 5 C5, 6 D5

Nasriya,

Sharia al- 3 C2, 4 D1

Nasser (Metro) 1 C4, 5 C2

National Theatre 2 D4

& 6 E2

Nawwal, Sharia 1 A5

Nigm ad-Din,

Sharia 2 F4

Nil, Sharia al- 1 A2

Nile River 1 B2, 3 A2

& 5 A2

Nilometer 3 A5

Nubar, Sharia 1 C5, 2 D5,

& 3 C1, 5 C4

OOld Cairo (Area) 3 C4

Old City Wall 6 E1, 2 E3

Opera (Metro) 1 B5

Opera House

Complex 1 A5

Opera, Midan 2 D4, 6 D2

Orabi (Metro) 2 D3, 5 C1

Orabi, Sharia 2 D4, 5 C2

PPalace of Beshtak 2 F4

Port Said, Sharia 2 E5, 6 F2

Post Office

Museum 2 D4, 6 E2

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QQalaa, al- (Citadel) 4 F1

Qalaa, Sharia al- 2 E5

& 4 E1, 6 E3

Qablit, Sharia al- 2 E4

& 6 D1

Qadri, Sharia 4 D2

Qaitbey,

Mosque of 4 D2

Qantaret Ghamra,

Sharia 2 F3

Qarafa Kubra,

Sharia al- 4 F3

Qasr Beshtak 2 F4

Qasr el-Nil, Sharia 1 C5

& 5 C3

Qasr al-Ainy,

Sharia al- 3 B2, 5 B5

Qasr Beshtak 2 F4

Qubeisi, Sharia al- 2 E3

Qulali, Sharia al- 1 C3

RRafii, Sharia ar- 3 A1

Railway Museum 2 D3

Ramses, Midan 2 D3

Ramses, Sharia 1 C4, 2 D3

& 5 B2, 6 D1

Ramses Station 2 D3

Rashidi, Sharia ar- 3 B2

Ratib Basha,

Sharia 4 E1, 6 E5

Ratl, Sharia ar- 6 F1

Republic Hospital 4 D1,

& 6 E5

Reyad Ghali, Sharia 2 E2

Rifai, Mosque of ar- 4 E1

River Nile 1 B2, 3 A2

& 5 A2

Rod al-Farag

(Metro) 2 D1

Rod al-Farag,

Sharia 2 D1

Rhoda, Sharia ar- 3 A4

Ruins of Fustat 3 C5

Rushdi, Sharia 2 D5, 5 C3

& 6 D3

Rustum, Sharia 1 A5

SSaad Zaghloul

(Metro) 3 C1, 5 C5

Saad Zaghloul,

Mausoleum of 5 B5

Saad Zaghloul,

Midan 1 B5, 5 A4

Saad Zaghloul,

Sharia 3 C1, 5 B5

Saba Sakkyat,

Sharia as- 3 B3

Sabil of Qaitbey 4 E2

Sabil-Kuttab of

Abdel Kathkuda 2 F4

Sabri Abu Alam,

Sharia 1 C5, 2 D5

& 5 C3

Sabtiya, Sharia as- 1 B2

Sadat (Metro) 1 C5, 5 B4

Safiya Zaghloul,

Sharia 5 B5

Sahafa,

Sharia as- 1 C3, 5 B1

Sahil al-Ghilal,

Sharia 1 B4, 5 A2

St Barbara,

Church of 3 B5

St Constantine & St Helenas,

Church of 1 C3, 5 C1

St George,

Church of 3 B5

St George,

Convent of 3 B5

St Joseph’s

Cathedral 2 D5, 6 D3

St Mark’s

Cathedral 2 D3, 6 E1

St Mercurius,

Monastery of 3 B4

St Sergius,

Church of 3 B5

Sakakini,

Sharia as- 2 F3

Salah ad-Din,

Midan 4 E2

Salah ad-Din,

Sharia 1 A3, 4 E2

Salah Salem,

Sharia 4 D3, 3 C4

Salama Higazi,

Sharia 4 D2, 6 D5

Saliba, Sharia as- 4 E2

Salih Talai,

Mosque of as- 2 E5

& 6 F4

Sami, Sharia 3 C1, 4 D1,

& 5 C5

Sami al-Barudi,

Sharia 2 D5, 6 E4

Sammakin,

Sharia as- 2 F4

Saray al-Gezira,

Sharia 1 B4, 5 A3

Sarif al-Kabir,

Sharia 6 E3

Sarsy, Sharia as- 3 B1

Sayyalet al-Rhoda,

Sharia 3 B4, 3 B4

Sayyid al-Bibawi,

Sharia 2 D5, 6 E3

Sayyida, Midan as- 4 E3

Sayyida, Sharia as- 4 E3

Sayyida Aisha,

Sharia as- 4 D3

Sayyida Nafisa,

Sharia as- 4 E3

Sayyida Zeinab

(Metro) 3 C2

Sayyida Zeinab,

Midan 4 D2

Sayyidna Hussein,

Mosque of 2 F5

Sennari, Sharia as- 6 D5

Sennari House 4 D2

Shanan,

Sharia 1 C3, 5 C1

Sharani al-Barrani,

Sharia ash- 2 F4

Sharif,

Sharia ash- 1 C3, 5 C1

Sharif, Sharia 2 D5, 5 C3

Sheikh Qamar,

Sharia ash- 2 F2

Sheikh Rihan,

Sharia ash- 1 C5, 4 D1,

& 5 B4, 6 D4

Shubra (Area) 1 C1

Shubra, Sharia 2 D2

Sidi Hassan, Sharia 3 C3

Sidi Malik, Sharia 3 C4

Sidi Sad, Sharia 3 C4

Sifa al-Kamal as-Sinawi,

Sharia 3 B1, 5 A5

Sikkat al-Gabiya,

Sharia 6 E5

Sikkat ash-Sharqawi,

Sharia 2 E5

Sikkat Suq az-Zalat,

Sharia 6 F1

Sikket Hadid Helwan,

Sharia 4 E3

Simon Bolivar,

Midan 1 B5, 5 B4

Sinnari, Sharia as- 4 D1

Suez Canal

Office 3 B1, 5 B4

Suhaymi House 2 F4

Suleiman al-Halabi,

Sharia 2 D4, 6 D1

Suleiman al-Khadim,

Sharia 1 B3

Suleiman al-Faransawi,

Tomb of 3 B5

Sultan Hassan,

Mosque of 4 E2

Supreme

Court 1 C4, 5 C2

Suq al-Hadar, Sharia 6 E3

Suq as-Silah, Sharia 6 F5

Suq at-Taufiqiya,

Sharia 5 C2

Suq Makka,

Sharia 4 D1, 6 D5

Suraya,

Sharia as- 3 B1, 1 A1

Suweigat as-Sibaiya,

Sharia 4 D1, 6 D5

TTaha Hussein, Sharia 1 A2

Tahrir, Midan 1 C5, 5 B4

Tahrir, Sharia at- 1 C5, 3 A1

& 5 B4

Talaat Harb,

Midan 1 C5, 5 C3

Tambati, Sharia at- 6 E1

Tariq an-Nasr, Sharia 4 F3

Tariq az-Zirai,

Sharia at- 1 A1

Tawashi,

Sharia at- 2 E3, 6 E1

Tawil, Sharia at- 2 D2

Telephone &

Fax office 1 C5, 5 B3

Tentmakers’ Market 4 F1

Teret al-Gallad, Sharia 2 F1

Tira al-Bulaqiya,

Sharia at- 2 D2

Tira al-Bulaya,

Sharia at- 5 C1

Tiret Geziret Badran,

Sharia 1 B1

Tomb of Suleiman

al-Faransawi 3 B5

Town Hall 1 B5, 5 A3

Tulun, Sharia 4 D2

Tursina, Sharia 2 F3

26th July, Sharia 1 A3, 2 D4

& 5 A1, 6 D2

UUmm Kulsum

(Gabaliya), Sharia 1 A3

WWasif, Sharia 3 A1

Wikala,

Sharia al- 1 B3, 5 A1

Wikala

al-Ghouri 2 E5, 6 F3

YYahya Ibn Zid,

Sharia 3 C3

Yaqub al-Qibti,

Sharia 3 B4

Yussuf Nagib,

Sharia 2 E4, 6 E2

Yusuf ad-Digawi,

Sharia 3 A3

Yusuf al-Gindi, Sharia 5 C4

Yusuf Sulaiman,

Sharia 2 E3

ZZahir, Sharia az- 2 E3

Zakariya Rizq,

Sharia 1 A4

Zaki, Sharia 1C4, 2 D4,

& 5 C1

Zamalek (Area) 1 A3

Zamir, Sharia az- 2 F3

Zayn al-Abdeen,

Sharia 3 C2, 4 D2

Zeinab Khatoun,

Beit 2 F5

Zuhni, Sharia 2 F2

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SOUQS AND MARKETS

Khan al-Khalili

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din

Allah

Souq al-

Khaimiyya

New Khan al-Khalili

Wikalit al-Balah

HANDICRAFTS

El-Eraki

JEWELLERY

Mohamed Amin, Atlas

Jewellery Galal Belal

One of the many stalls in the Khan al-Khalili market MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS

Al

Aoud Gawharet El Fan

Afnan

Saed Abd

El-Raouf

El Osta

Hussein

Vero Chic Silver Eagle

SOUVENIRS

Al-Ghouri

Papyrus Art Dr

Ragab’s Papyrus

Institute

Al Tarbiaa

Old Shop Gallery

Sheesha

pipe

A dazzling array of silver jewellery

on display in a market

MALLS

Beymen

Arkadia Mall

Ramses Hilton

Annexe Citystars First Mall

Talaat Harb Centre

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DIRECTORY

Dr Ragab’s Papyrus

Institute

Orman, Giza.

Map 3 A2.

Tel (02) 336 7212

or (02) 348 9035.

www.papyrus

institute.com

Old Shop Gallery

7 Khan al-Khalili.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 787 0378.

HANDICRAFTS

Afnan

25A El Batal Ahmed Abdel

Aziz, Mohandiseen.

Tel (02) 304 2563.

Other branches:

The Arkadia,

New Khan al-Khalili,

Ramses Hilton Annexe.

El-Eraki

35 Souq Om al-Golam

al-Togary (upstairs, behind

Al-Hussein Mosque).

Tel (02) 786 9358.

El Osta Hussein

22 Tabozada (off Sharia

Mohammed Ali/Al-Qalaa).

Map 6 E4.

Tel (02) 291 9858

or (02) 731 2730.

Saed Abd El-Raouf

8 Khan al-Khalili.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 593 3463.

Silver Eagle

18 Sharia Adly,

Downtown. Map 5 D2.

Tel (02) 393 6704.

Vero Chic

19 Sharia Talaat Harb,

Downtown. Map 5 C3.

Tel (02) 393 1895.

MUSICAL

INSTRUMENTS

El Aoud

64 Sharia Mohammed Ali

(Al-Qalaa), Al-Ataba.

Map 6 E4.

Tel (02) 390 1016.

Gawharet El Fan

160–168 Sharia

Mohammed Ali (Al-Qalaa),

Al-Ataba. Map 6 E4.

Tel (02) 391 3990

or (02) 391 5243.

JEWELLERY

Atlas Jewellery

(opposite the entrance to

New Khan al-Khalili).

Tel (02) 590 6139.

Galal Belal

Jewellers

12 Ahmed Pasha (north of

Fishawi’s Coffeehouse),

Khan al-Khalili.

Tel (02) 592 7591.

Mohamed Amin

70 Al-Sagha, Khan

al-Khalili. Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 592 1214.

TEXTILES

El Kahhal Carpets

Khan al-Khalili.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 590 9128.

El Khiamiah Star

18 Al-Khaimiyya, Al-Darb

al-Ahmr. Map 6 F4.

Tel (02) 510 6388.

Fatima

157 Sharia 26th July,

Zamalek. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 736 9951.

Fattoh Sons

29 Al-Khaimiyya, Al-Darb

al-Ahmr. Map 6 F4.

Tel (02) 512 8853.

Saad Hassan

Bazaar

Sharia Gouhar al-Kaad

(off Midan al-Hussein),

Khan al-Khalili.

Tel (02) 588 0834.

SPICES AND

PERFUMES

Al-Haroun Bazaar

Garden City House Hotel,

1101–1103 Corniche el-

Nil, Garden City.

Map 5 A4.

Tel (02) 794 7534.

SPICES AND PERFUMES

Al-Haroun Bazaar

TEXTILES

Saad Hassan Bazaar

Fatima

Fattoh

Sons El Khiamiah Star

The colourful range of spices for

sale at a market in Cairo

El

Kahhal

MALLS

Arkadia Mall

Corniche el-Nil, Bulaq.

Map 1 B2.

Beymen

Four Seasons Nile Plaza,

Corniche el-Nil,

Garden City.

Map 3 B1.

Citystars Mall

Starscentre, Heliopolis.

First Mall

Sharia al-Giza, Giza.

Ramses Hilton

Annexe

1115 Corniche el-Nil,

Downtown

Map 1 B4.

Talaat Harb Centre

Sharia Talaat Harb,

Downtown.

Map 5 C2.

SOUVENIRS

Al-Ghouri Papyrus

Art

(upstairs, beside Wikala

al-Ghouri), Sharia al-Azhar.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 512 5859.

Al Tarbiaa

51 Ramses Hilton Annexe.

Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 575 2399.

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BELLY DANCING

Aladin Club

Haroun al-Rashid

Windows on the World

Nile

Maxim

Cave des

Rois

INFORMATION AND LISTINGS

CLASSICAL AND ARABIC MUSIC

Cairo Opera

House

BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS

Sherlock Holmes

Abou Ali Terrace

Pyramid Bar and

Terrace

Odeon

Palace Hotel

JAZZ AND ROCK MUSIC

Cairo Jazz Club

Jazz Up

51 Bar

A classical quintet performing at

the Cairo Opera House

WHIRLING DERVISHES

Wikala al-Ghouri

Beit al-Harawi Goethe

Institute Gardens

Gumhuriyya Theatre

A colourful performance of whirling-dervish dancing

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Light Show

Cairo

Zoo Pharaonic

Village

Railway Museum

OTHER ENTERTAINMENT

Sound and

Le Tabasco

La Bodega

L’Aubergine

Latex

The Bar

Le Pacha 1901

Moon Deck on the Blue

Nile

Bliss

DIRECTORY

BELLY DANCING

Aladin Club

Sheraton Cairo Hotel

Towers and Casino,

Midan el-Gala, Doqqi.

Map 3 A1.

Tel (02) 336 9700

or (02) 336 9800.

www.starwoodhotels.

com/sheraton

Cave des Rois

10 Muhammad Ibn

Thaqeb (off Sharia Ismail

Mohammed), Zamalek.

Map 1 A2.

Tel (02) 736 8980.

Haroun al-Rashid

Semiramis

Intercontinental, Corniche

el-Nil, Downtown.

Map 3 B1.

Tel (02) 795 7171.

www.ichotelsgroup.com

Nile Maxim

Sharia Saray al-Gezira

(opposite Marriott Hotel),

Zamalek. Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 632 5917

or (02) 639 3987.

Windows on

the World

Ramses Hilton,

1115 Corniche el-Nil,

Downtown. Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 577 7444.

www.hilton.com

WHIRLING

DERVISHES

Wikala al-Ghouri

off Sharia al-Azhar,

Islamic Cairo. Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 510 0823.

CLASSICAL AND

ARABIC MUSIC

Beit al-Harawi

Harat al-Azhar,

Islamic Cairo.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 735 7001.

Cairo Opera House

Sharia at-Tahrir, Gezira.

Map 1 A5.

Tel (02) 739 8114.

Goethe Institute

5 Sharia al-Bustan,

Downtown.

Map 3 A1.

Tel (02) 575 9877

or (02) 574 8261.

Gumhuriyya

Theatre

12 Sharia al-Gumhuriyya,

Downtown. Map 6 D3.

Tel (02) 390 7707.

JAZZ AND

ROCK MUSIC

Cairo Jazz Club

197 Sharia 26th July,

Mohandiseen.

Tel (02) 345 9939.

51 Bar

Le Méridien Heliopolis,

51 El Oruba St.

Tel (02) 290 5055

or (02) 290 1819.

www.starwoodhotels.

com/lemeridien

Jazz Up

Nile Hilton, 1113 Corniche

el-Nil, Downtown.

Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 578 0444

or (02) 578 0666.

www.hilton.com

BARS AND NIGHTCLUBS

Abou Ali Terrace/ Pyramid Bar and TerraceNile Hilton, 1113 Corniche

el-Nil, Downtown.

Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 578 0444

or (02) 578 0666.

www.hilton.com

L’Aubergine5 Al-Sayyid al-Bakri,

Zamalek. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 738 0080.

The BarFour Seasons Hotel Cairo at

Nile Plaza, 1089 Corniche

el-Nil, Garden City.

Map 3 B1.

Tel (02) 791 6878.

www.fourseasons.com/

caironp

BlissImperial Restaurant (boat),

Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek.

Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 736 5796/7.

La Bodega157 Sharia 26th July,

Zamalek. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 735 6761

or (02) 735 0543.

www.delicious-inc.com

LatexNile Hilton, 1113 Corniche

el-Nil, Downtown.

Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 578 0444

or (02) 578 0666.

www.hilton.com

Moon DeckKhan al-Khalili, Blue Nile

(boat), 9A Saray al-Gezira,

Zamalek. Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 735 3104.

Odeon Palace

Hotel Bar

6 Abdel Hamid Said

(off Sharia Talaat Harb),

Downtown. Map 5 C2.

Tel (02) 576 7971.

Le Pacha 1901

Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek.

Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 735 6730.

Sherlock Holmes

Ramses Hilton,

1115 Corniche el-Nil,

Downtown. Map 5 A2.

Tel (02) 577 7444.

www.hilton.com

Le Tabasco

8 Amman St, Doqqi.

Tel (02) 336 5583.

OTHER

ENTERTAINMENT

Cairo Zoo

Giza.

Tel (02) 570 8895

or (02) 572 6314.

Dr Ragab’s

Pharaonic Village

3 Sharia el-Bahr el-Aazam,

Giza.

Tel (02) 571 8675/6/7.

www.interoz.com/egypt/

village

Railway Museum

Midan Ramses. Map 2 D3.

Tel (02) 576 3793.

Sound and Light

Show

The Pyramids, Giza.

Tel (02) 386 3469.

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The Bent pyramid at Dahshur (see p165)

in the pyramid fields around Cairo

Farmer working in the well-watered fields

around Dakhla Oasis (see p256)

Siwa (see p260), the most isolated of Egypt’s oases and a

living antiquity in the midst of the Western Desert

Statue in the Graeco-Roman

Museum gardens in

Alexandria (see pp240–47)

Man riding a camel beside the Nile with view of Luxor on the opposite bank

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One of the many feluccas that glide among the

leafy islands at Aswan (see pp208–11)

St Catherine’s Monastery (see pp222–5) nestling at the

foot of Mount Sinai in spectacular surroundings

The majestic Colossi of Memnon (see p202) on the way

to the monuments of the Theban necropolis, Luxor

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The Step Pyramid and vast funeral complex of Djoser, a 3rd-Dynasty king, in the desert at Saqqara

Boating on the lake at Wadi Rayyan, a popular leisure activity for modern Cairenes

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Egyptian farmers tending their sheep near Memphis,

the first capital of ancient Egypt

GETTING AROUND

View of the mortuary temple and

pyramid of Sahure at Abusir

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Off Hwy 27, 27 km (17 miles) S of

Cairo. 333 from Giza.

8am–sunset daily.

Pyramid of

Sahure

Pyramid of

Nyuserre

Pyramid

of Neferirkare

Pyramid of Neferefre

A mounted

policeman

Step Pyramid of Djoser at Saqqara, built by the architect Imhotep

Step Pyramid of Djoser

The pyramids of Abusir on the edge of the desert

Frieze of cobras,

Saqqara

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Mastaba of Ti

Monastery of St Jeremiah Persian Tombs

Pyramid of Unas

Pyramid of Sekhemket

Pyramid of Teti

Serapeum

Tomb of epand Ptah-Hotep

Tomb of Ankhma-Hor

Tomb of Mereruka

Step Pyramid of Djoser

South Saqqara

Philosopher’s

Circle

Giza and Cairo

MAP OF SAQQARA

Pyramid of Unas

Persian Tombs

Pyramid Texts in the chambers of

the Pyramid of Unas, Saqqara

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300

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Off Hwy 27, 44 km (27 miles)

S of Cairo. or tour from Cairo.

daily.

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Environs

South

Saqqara

Serapeum

Pyramid of Teti

Tomb of Mereruka

Tomb of Ankhma-Hor

Mastaba of TiStatue of Mereruka emerging from

a false door in his tomb at Saqqara

An agricultural scene from the Mastaba of Ti, Saqqara

Statue in the Philosopher’s Circle,

built by the Ptolemies at Saqqara

Philosopher’s Circle

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Off Hwy 27, 47 km (29 miles) S of

Cairo. from Cairo.

Museum

Museum daily.

Palm groves at Memphis, covering the site of the ancient city

Off Hwy 27, 64 km (40 miles) S of

Cairo. from Cairo. daily.

Bent Pyramid

Red Pyramid

Giant calcite

sphinx at Memphis

Sneferu’s Bent Pyramid at Dahshur with much of

its outer limestone casing still visible

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Off Mansuriyya Canal Road, 30 km

(18 miles) NW of Cairo. from

Cairo. mornings.

Wadi

Rayyan

Pyramid of

Hawara

Pyramid of

Meidum

Fishermen mending their nets on the shores

of Lake Qarun, Fayoum

Camels and traders at the daily Birqash camel market

The inner core of the Meidum

Pyramid at Fayoum

Off Hwy 27, 100 km (62 miles) SW of

Cairo. 2 million. from Cairo.

Governorate Building, Medinat

al-Fayoum (084) 342 313.

Lake Qarun

Kom Aushim

Camels, cattle and other livestock on sale at the Birqash camel market

Kom Aushim30 km (18 miles) N of Medinat al-

Fayoum. daily.

Wadi Rayyan45 km (28 miles) SW of Medinat al-

Fayoum. daily.

Pyramid of Hawara12 k (7 miles) SE of Medinat al-

Fayoum. daily.

Pyramid of Meidum32 km (20 miles) NE of Medinat al-

Fayoum. to Al-Wasta, then taxi.

daily.

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16 km (10 miles) N of Cairo. 56,000.

Corniche el-Nil, in front of Arab

Television Building. from Cairo.

Off Desert Hwy, 100 km (62 miles)

NW of Cairo. from Cairo.

Deir Anba

Bishoi

Deir as-Suriani

Deir

al-Baramus

Deir Abu

Makar

View across Deir Anba Bishoi monastery at Wadi Natrun

Nile Barrages at Qanater, where the

two branches of the river fork

THE FAYOUM PORTRAITS

Portrait of an Egyptian dating from

3rd century AD, found at Fayoum

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View of the Aga Khan Mausoleum (see p210) from across the other side of the Nile at Aswan

Villager in Luxor (see pp184–7), setting out his vegetable stall with crops grown in the fertile Nile Valley

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r Exploring the Nile Valley Most visitors to the Nile Valley head for the tourist magnet of Luxor, where the magnificent Luxor and Karnak temples and the Theban necropolis are the major attractions. Further south, the beautiful ancient garrison town of Aswan is a relaxing place to stay and a good base for exploring the temples on the banks of Lake Nasser, including the stunning Abu Simbel. The sheer number of ancient monuments in the Nile Valley can be overwhelming and to enjoy the region fully it is a good idea to combine sightseeing with a felucca trip on the Nile or a visit to the colourful souqs of Luxor and Aswan.

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

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Kom Ombo © Luxor & Thebesppl82-205 © Minya © Qasr Ibrim © Sohag © Tell al-Amama © Temple of Amada © Temple of Kalabsha © Temple of Philae © Temple of Wadi as-Sebua ©

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GETTING AROUND Luxor and Aswan have airports served by regular flights from Cairo. Trains run frequently between Cairo, Luxor and Aswan, stopping at major towns en route. However, the current political situation means that care should be exercised if visiting sites between Cairo and Luxor (seepi 76). The road from Cairo to Aswan is good, and buses and service taxis operate between the main cities. Dendara and Abydos are currently best visited on a day trip from Luxor, and Abu Simbel can be reached by air or road from Aswan. There are many cruises on offer between Luxor and Aswan or alternatively, a relaxing two or three-night felucca trip may appeal to the more adventurous (seepp322-5).

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Al-Minya governorate, 245 km (152

miles) S of Cairo. 200,000.

Governorate Building,

Corniche el-Nil (086) 2360 150.

Tomb of

Khnumhotep

Tomb of

Amenemhat

Tomb of Kheti

Tomb of Baqet

Al-Minya governorate, 20 km

(12 miles) S of Minya. to Abu

Qirkis, then ferry. daily.

Al-Minya governorate, 8 km (5 miles)

N of Mallawi. to Al-Ashmunein.

daily.

columns

sandstone

baboons

Environs

Tuna al-Gebel

Sandstone baboon from

Amenhotep III’s Thoth temple

The Tomb of Kheti (No.17) in Beni Hasan with detailed scenes of daily life during the Middle Kingdom

Tall granite columns, which once supported a

Coptic basilica, amid the ruins of Hermopolis

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Al-Minya governorate, 12 km (7 miles)

SW of Mallawi. to Deir al-Mawas,

then ferry. daily.

Great Temple of Aten

Small Temple of

Aten

Northern

Palace

Northern Tombs

Tomb of

Huya

Tomb of Mery-Re I

Southern Tombs

Tomb of Ay

Tomb of

Mahu

Tuna al-Gebel7 km (4 miles) SW of Hermopolis.

daily.

Relief showing wine-pressing in the

Tomb of Petosiris, Tuna al-Gebel

Relief of Nefertiti and her daughter praying to

the sun-god Aten, in Cairo’s Egyptian Museum

AKHENATEN THE HERETIC

The rebel pharaoh

Akhenaten

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Tombs of Mir

Convent of the Holy Virgin12 km (7 miles) SW of Asyut.

from Asyut.

Burnt Monastery47 km (29 miles) N of Asyut.

to Al-Qusiya, then a local taxi.

Asyut governorate, 110 km (68 miles)

S of Minya. 280,000.

Sharia ath-Thawra (088) 310 010.

Environs

Convent

of the Holy

Virgin

Burnt Monastery

Convent of the Holy Virgin, built into the cliffs at Dirunka, near Asyut

Icon showing the Holy Family in

the Convent of the Holy Virgin

Sohag governorate, 115 km (71 miles)

S of Asyut. 133,000.

Governorate Bldg (093) 604 453.

SECURITY IN THE REGION

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Cenotaph Temple of

Seti I

Cenotaph Temple of Seti I daily.

Environs

White Monastery

Red Monastery

Akhmim

White Monastery10 km (6 miles) W of Sohag.

daily. 14th July.

Red Monastery14 km (9 miles) NW of Sohag.

daily.

Sohag governorate, 46 km (29 miles)

SW of Sohag; 10 km (6 miles) W of

Al-Balyana. or day trip from

Luxor, with convoy.

The Red Monastery near Sohag, founded by the Coptic saint Bishoi

The chapel of Osiris in the Cenotaph Temple of Seti I in Abydos

Icon of Christ in the

White Monastery

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STAR FEATURES

Astronomical Ceiling

Hathor-headed

Columns

Entrance

to temple

The roof

Hathor with the sun

disk and cow horns

TEMPLE OF HATHOR RECONSTRUCTION

CULT OF HATHOR

Bes, patron god

of childbirth

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VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

5 km (3 miles) SW of Qena, the

provincial capital; 60 km (37

miles) N of Luxor. or tour

from Luxor. Travel restrictions

may apply in this area (see

p332). daily.

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The open-air kiosk

The New Year Chapel

The east staircase

Elaborate bas-reliefs

depicting offerings to

Hathor

The Coptic basilica

The Mammisi of

Nectanebo The sanatorium

The sacred lake

The Temple of Isis

Wells

Temple of

Hathor

Roman

mammisi

North walls and

propylon

Roman-built

wall

DENDARA SITE PLAN

Court

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HatshepsutTemple

Valley of the Queens The Ramesseum

Colossi of Memnon

Medinat

Habu

GETTING AROUND

Valley of the Kings

Deir al-Medina

6

Ticket

kiosk

New Gurna

T H E B E S

Detail from the

Colossi of

Memnon

A flotilla of feluccas heading south up the Nile at Luxor

KEY

Train station

Town area

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L U X O R

TIPS FOR VISITORS

• Do not try and see everything

at once. Limit yourself to two or

three major sights per day.

• To avoid the post-midday heat,

most people visit the area early

in the day, although late after-

noons can be less crowded.

• Ticket kiosk opens 6am–4pm

(till 5pm summer). Tickets are

valid only on the day of purchase.

• To ensure a ticket for Queen

Nefertari’s Tomb, in the Valley of

the Queens, arrive as the ticket

kiosk opens.

• Holders of a valid ISIC card are

entitled to a 50 per cent reduc-

tion in admission prices.

• There is a charge for photo-

graphy for each tomb (no flash

permitted) payable at main kiosk.

• Always carry plenty of water

and maybe a snack as facilities

are limited and expensive.

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Luxor Museum

and Karnak

Avenue of

sphinxes

Brooke Hospital

for Animals

Stone Ramses

II at Luxor

Temple

Felucca on the Nile at Luxor

Train

station

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VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Qena Governorate, 674 km (419

miles) S of Cairo. 150,000.

Tourist bazaar,

Corniche el-Nil (095) 2372 215.

daily. Moulid of Abu

al-Haggag, two weeks before

Ramadan.

STAR SIGHTS

Luxor Temple

Mummification

Museum

Luxor Museum

The Abu al-Haggag

Mosque

Corniche

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The avenue of sphinxes leading to the entrance of Luxor Temple

The first pylon, built by Ramses II, forming the façade of Luxor Temple

Luxor TempleCorniche el-Nil. winter: 6am–9pm

daily; summer: 6am–10pm daily.

Abu

al-Haggag Mosque

The Abu al-Haggag

Mosque in Luxor Temple

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Luxor MuseumCorniche el-Nil, Luxor. Tel (095)

2370 569. 9am–1pm and 4–9pm

daily (5–10pm summer); 9am–3pm

Ramadan.

Mummification MuseumCorniche el-Nil, opposite Mena Palace

Hotel. Tel (095) 2381 502. 9am–

1pm and 4–9pm daily (5–10pm sum-

mer); 9am–3pm Ramadan.

Pink

granite

obelisk

Brooke Hospital for AnimalsMontazah Sharia, next to Luxor

Temple. Tel (095) 2381 305.

8:30am–1:30pm and 5–7pm daily.

Painted relief from Akhenaten’s

Karnak Temple in Luxor Museum

Statue of Tuthmosis III

in the Luxor Museum

Colonnade of Amenhotep III

with its lofty papyrus columns

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A row of sphinxes

Precinct

of Montu

Precinct

of Mut

Precinct of Amun

Open-air

museum

To Luxor

Temple

of Amun

Sacred Lake

Pylons

Temple

of OpetTemple of Khonsu

Statue of a

scarab beetle

Temple of

Ramses III

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLE OF AMUN

Tomb of Seti II

PLAN OF KARNAK COMPLEX KEY

Reconstruction

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The Ninth Pylon

To Precinct

of Mut

Flagpoles

Eighth Pylon

Row of

Sphinxes

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Sharia al-Karnak, 3 km

(2 miles) NE of Luxor. or

microbus, bicycle, caleche.

summer: 6am–6.30pm daily;

winter: 6am–5.30pm daily.

Sound and Light Show

7.30pm, 8.30pm and 10pm in

summer; 6.30pm, 7.30pm and

9pm in winter (see tourist office

for details).

STAR FEATURES

Great Hypostyle Hall

Colossus of

Ramses II

Great Festival

Temple

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SOUND AND LIGHT

THE FESTIVAL OF OPET AT KARNAK

Precinct of Montu

Precinct of Mut

Statues of the lioness-goddess Sekhmet line up in the Precinct of Mut

Temples of Khonsu and Opet

Open-air Museum

Priests carrying the image of Amun in

his barque during the Opet festival

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Thomas Cook

Shepheard’s Hotel

Florence

Nightingale

Exciting new

Death on the Nile

by Agatha Christie

The highlight of a trip

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THE VALLEY TOMBS

Valley of the Kings, chosen as a burial ground because

of its secluded location amid limestone hills

The most famous

tomb in Thebes

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Ticket kiosk for Tomb of

Tutankhamun

Café

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

2 km (1 mile) N of West Bank

ticket kiosk. daily. West

Bank ticket kiosk; ticket is valid

for 3 tombs only. Separate ticket

needed for Tomb of Tutankhamun,

payable at Valley of the Kings

ticket kiosk. Tickets for photo-

graphy required for each tomb.

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Tomb of Ramses III (No.11)

Tomb of Queen Tawsert/Sethnakht (No.14)

Tomb of Ramses I (No.16)

Tomb of Amenhotep II (No.35)

Amenhotep II’s burial chamber, containing the pharaoh’s sarcophagus

Tomb of Ramses IV (No.2)

Tomb of Ramses IX (No.6)

Tomb of Merneptah (No.8)

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Colourful wall painting from the

well-preserved Tomb of Siptah

Tomb of Siptah (No.47)

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Tomb of Ramose

(No.55)

Tomb of Userhat

(No.56)

Tomb of

Khonsu (No.31)

Tomb of Benia

(No.343)

Khokha Tombs

Tomb

of Djehuty-Mes (No.295)

Tomb of Neferronpet

(No.178)

Tomb

of Nefersekheru (No.296)

Sheikh Abd al-Gurna Tombs

Tomb

of Sennefer (No.96)

Tomb of

Rekhmire (No.100)

Tomb of Nakht (No.52)

Tomb of Menna

(No.69)

Richly detailed paintings of life in ancient Egypt in the Tomb of Sennefer

Recording the harvest scene, Tomb of Menna

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Thebes/Luxor, West Bank (follow

signposts from Old Gurna for

Sheikh Abd al-Gurna Tombs).

daily. payable at West Bank

ticket kiosk; 2–3 tombs per ticket

for Sheikh Abd al-Gurna Tombs.

Treading grapes

– Tomb of Nakht

Assasif TombsTomb of Kheruef

(No.192)

Tomb of

Anchhor (No.414)

Tomb of Pabasa

(No.279)

Abu al-Naga Tombs

Tomb

of Roy

Tomb of

Shuroy

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The imposing Hatshepsut Temple, in its stunning

setting at the foot of a sheer limestone cliff-face

RECONSTRUCTION OF THE TEMPLES AT DEIR AL-BAHRI

Temple of

Tuthmosis III

Head of

Hatshepsut

STAR FEATURES

Reliefs of Punt

Expedition

Chapel of Hathor

Statues of Hatshepsut

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Sanctuary

of the Sun

The Shrine

of Amun

Myrrh trees

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

2 km (1 mile) NE of West Bank

ticket kiosk.

or on foot from other sites.

6am–5pm daily.

Avenue of sphinxes

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Tomb of Amunherkhepshep (No.55)

Tomb of Prince Khaemweset (No.44)

Tomb of Queen Titi (No.52)

Celestial cow in

Nefertari’s tomb

The side rooms

Ledge used

for offerings

Staircase

descending

into burial

chamber

Entrance

Nefertari’s sarcophagus

Queen Nefertari, wearing a white

gown and jewels, in the vestibule

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KEY

Antechamber

Vestibule

Side chamber

Second staircase

Burial chamber

Pillars

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VESTIBULE

BURIAL CHAMBER

PILLARS

Ra as a ram-headed deity between Isis and Nephthys, in the side chamber

SECOND STAIRCASE

ANTECHAMBER

SIDE CHAMBER

REPAIRING NEFERTARI’S TOMB

The interior of Queen Nefertari’s

Tomb during restoration

Osiris in the

side chamber

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

1 km (0.6 mile) NW of West Bank

ticket kiosk. or on foot from

other sites. 7am–5pm daily,

but call ahead. ten people are

allowed in Nefertari’s tomb at any

one time (15 mins maximum).

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RECONSTRUCTION OF THE RAMESSEUM

Wall relief of

Amun in the

hypostyle hall

Landing stage

STAR FEATURES

Osiride Columns

Head of the Colossus

of Ramses

Royal palace

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Wall relief on the inner face of the second pylon,

depicting Hittites slain at the Battle of Qadesh

Huge mudbrick

walls

Vestibules

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

1 km (0.6 mile) NE of West Bank

ticket kiosk.

or on foot from other sites.

7am–5pm daily.

BATTLE OF QADESH

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Colossi of Memnon1 km (0.6 mile) E of West Bank

ticket kiosk.

Medinat HabuW of West Bank ticket kiosk.

daily.

Deir al-Medina1 km (0.6 mile) NW of West Bank

ticket kiosk. daily. (separate

ticket needed for Pashedu’s tomb).

Painted relief from the Ptolemaic

temple at Deir al-Medina

The awesome Colossi of Memnon on the flat desert plain of the West Bank

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Temple of Seti I3 km (2 miles) E of

West Bank ticket kiosk.

daily.

The Villages of Gurna

New Gurna2 km (1 mile) SE of West Bank

ticket kiosk.

Old Gurna1 km (0.6 mile) NE of West Bank

ticket kiosk.

Part of the village of Old Gurna, nestling in the foothills of the Theban hills

Tomb of Sennedjem

(No.1)

Tomb of Inherkhau

(No.359)

Tomb of Pashedu (No.3)

Howard Carter’s house3 km (2 miles) E of West Bank ticket

kiosk.

Sennedjem and his wife worshipping the gods of

the underworld in his tomb at Deir al-Medina

The domed house of British

archaeologist Howard Carter

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Detail of the Temple of Khnum’s

astronomical ceiling at Esna

Pylon of the Temple of Horus in Edfu with reliefs showing pharaoh Ptolemy XII

Aswan governorate, 115 km (71

miles) S of Luxor; 104 km (65 miles)

N of Aswan. 56,000.

from Luxor or Aswan.

Temple of Horus

Qena governorate, 54 km (33 miles)

S of Luxor. 55,000.

from Luxor or Aswan.

Temple of Khnum

Temple of Khnum daily.

Granite statue of the

falcon god Horus

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Postcard of Bedouin and camels – both at home in the desert

Camels for sale in the famous Daraw camel

market, held every Tuesday

Temple of Horus daily.

40 km (25 miles) N of Aswan.

from Aswan or Luxor.

daily.

8 km (5 miles) S of Kom Ombo.

31,000. from Kom Ombo.

Tue.

Relief of Sobek, the crocodile god,

in the temple of Kom Ombo

SHIPS OF THE DESERT

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The imposing Sofitel Cataract Hotel overlooking the Nile at Aswan

Sharia as-Souq, the main thoroughfare in Aswan’s famous market

Unfinished Obelisk1.5 km (1 mile) S of Aswan, next

to Fatimid Cemetery. daily.

SouqSharia as-Souq. daily.

Sofitel Cataract HotelCorniche el-Nil. Tel (097) 2316 000.

Nubian MuseumOff road to Aswan Dam, 1 km (0.6

mile) S of Aswan. Tel (097) 2319 111.

9am–1pm, 5–9pm daily (6–10pm

summer); 9am–3pm Ramadan.

Relief from the

Temple of Khnum

Detail of a relief showing the journey to the land of Punt – Hatshepsut Temple, Deir al-Bahri

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Elephantine IslandAswan.

Temple of Khnum

Calibration on

walls of Nilometer

Necropolis

of the Sacred Rams

Temple of Satet

NilometerElephantine Island.

daily.

Aswan MuseumElephantine Island. daily.

A colourful Nubian village on the

banks of Elephantine Island

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Aswan governorate, 215 km

(133 miles) S of Luxor; 900 km

(560 miles) S of Cairo.

220,000. 25 km

(15 miles) SW of town.

Railway station (097) 2312

811; Tourist souq (097) 2303

297. daily.

ASWAN

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Lush botanical gardens stocked with plants from all parts of the world on Kitchener’s Island, Aswan

Mausoleum of the Aga Khan on a barren hillside opposite Aswan

Aga Khan MausoleumWest bank, on the road to the

Monastery of St Simeon.

to the public.

Kitchener’s IslandAswan. daily.

Lake Nasser, an enormous blue

expanse in the desert

LAKE NASSER

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The Aswan Dam, built by the British to regulate the flow of the Nile

The Tombs of the Nobles in the cliffs on the

west bank of the Nile near Aswan

Monastery of St SimeonWest bank. then by camel or

on foot. daily.

Tombs of the NoblesQubbet al-Hawwa, West bank.

daily.

HARNESSING THE POWER OF THE NILE

The imposing fortifications of the

Monastery of St Simeon, Aswan

Aswan Dam11 km (7 miles) S of Aswan.

High Dam6 km (4 miles) S of Aswan Dam.

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The Temple of Kalabsha, dominating the shores of Lake Nasser close to the High Dam

The well-preserved western colonnade leading to Philae’s Temple of Isis

Gate of

Hadrian

Temple of Hathor

Kiosk of Trajan

Temple of Augustus

Gate of Diocletian

W of High Dam. from Aswan.

daily.

Agilika Island, S of Aswan Dam.

from Aswan to Shellal. from Aswan.

daily. Sound and Light

Show 6pm, 7:30pm, 9pm in winter;

8:30pm, 10pm, 11pm in summer.

Kiosk of

Nectanebo II

Temple of

Isis

Lion in the Temple

of Isis, Philae

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Environs

Kiosk of

Qertassi

Temple of Beit al-Wali

185 km (115 miles) S of High Dam.

from Aswan. daily.

Environs

Temple

of Derr

Tomb of Pennout

Temple

of Maharraka

60 km (37 miles) N of Abu Simbel.

daily.

140 km (87 miles) S of High Dam.

from Aswan. daily.

EnvironsTemple

of Dakka

The ruined fortress of Qasr Ibrim on the shores of Lake Nasser

Finely preserved relief from the tomb of the

Nubian viceroy Pennout, near Amada

Avenue of sphinxes leading to the

Temple of Wadi as-Sebua

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Store rooms

Baboons

greeting the

rising sun

The broken

colossus

Entrance to temple

Statue of

Ra-Harakhty

STAR SIGHTS

Temple Façade

Hypostyle Hall

Inner Sanctuary

Carved baboon

at Abu Simbel

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The vestibule

10-m (33-ft)

high statue of

Ramses as Osiris

Store rooms

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Aswan governorate, 280 km

(174 miles) S of Aswan.

6am–5pm (later when there

are evening flights).

Sound and Light Show 7pm,

8pm, 9pm in winter; 8pm, 9pm,

10pm in summer.

www.sound-light-eg.com

TEMPLE OF HATHOR

Statues of Nefertari as goddess Hathor alternate with

Ramses II on the façade of Queen Nefertari’s Temple

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Exquisitely coloured coral reef in the warm waters of the Red Sea

Shopping for fruit and vegetables in the Red Sea diving resort of Hurghada

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Monastery of St Anthony, inland from the western Red Sea coast

Luxury resorts and diving centres around Naama Bay,

to the north of Sharm el-Sheikh

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

KEY

Motorway

Major road

Minor road

Scenic route

Main railway

Minor railway

Track

International border

Disputed border

Summit

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S I N A I A N D T H E R E D S E A C O A S T 2 1 9

~ SHARM EL-ft" SHEIKH W RAS MOHAMMED

^ NATIONAL PARK

(HURGHADA

Camels and their Bedouin keepers at Assalah, to the north of Dahab, where camel treks into the interior can be arranged

GETTING THERE The coastal roads of the Sinai peninsula are good and the main resorts can be reached by bus, car or service taxi. Exploring the interior is best done on organized trips with jeeps or camels and a Bedouin guide, though there is a bus service to St Catherine's Monastery. There is a good coastal road on the western Red Sea to Hurghada and Port Safaga, and also from Port Said to Suez. Inland sites are best visited on organized day trips or by taxi. A ferry service operates between Sharm el-Sheikh and Hurghada.

SEE ALSO

A Gebel Shayib el Eanat

Hi -i G.Abu Hamr

1433m PORT SAF,

A Gebel Wa'ira

©SAFAGA

• Where to Stay pp277-80

• Where to Eat pp298-300

Gaza

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134 km (83 miles) E of Cairo.

418,000. Sharia Suez Canal

(062) 3331 141.

120 km (74 miles) NE of Cairo.

255,000.

225 km (139 miles) NE of Cairo.

473,000. 8 Sharia Palestine

(066) 3235 289.

Port

Said National

Museum

Military Museum

Ismailia Museum

Ismailia MuseumSharia Salah Salem. daily.

A 19th-century colonial-style villa in Ismailia

A fishing boat dwarfed by a cruise ship in the Suez Canal

A sphinx outside the

Ismailia Museum

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25 km (15 miles) SE of Ahmed Hamdi

Tunnel. from Cairo or Port Said.

60 km (37 miles) W of St Catherine’s

Monastery, Sinai. 650.

32 km (20 miles) E of Abu Zneima,

Sinai.

View across the Suez Canal from Port Said to Port Fuad

Palms flourishing in the oasis of Wadi Feiran, south Sinai

Port Said National MuseumSharia Palestine. daily.

Military MuseumSharia 23rd July. daily.

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The Walls of Justinian

The Chapel of the Burning

Bush

STAR FEATURES

Basilica of the

Transfiguration

Icon Collection

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Visitors’ entrance

Charnel

House

The Mosque

ST CATHERINE OF

ALEXANDRIA

The underground

cistern

The elevated

entrance

Monks’ quarters

Guest

house

Dispensary

St Stephen’s Well

Detail of St Catherine from

clerical vestments

VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Sinai, 90 km (56 miles) W of

Dahab and Nuweiba. Tel (069)

3470 032. 10 km (6 miles)

NE of monastery. from Cairo,

Taba, Dahab, Sharm el-Sheikh to

St Catherine’s village (Al-Milga),

then taxi 3 km (2 miles). Petrol

available at monastery.

9am–noon, except Fri & Sun.

Greek Orthodox holidays.

No admission charge but

donations welcome.

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Inside the monastery

Environs

Mount Sinai

Ornately carved wooden inner door

to the 6th-century Basilica

Monks’ skulls inside

the Charnel House

Chapel of the Burning Bush, viewable only by special dispensation

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp277–80 and pp298–300

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THE BEDOUIN OF THE SINAI PENINSULA

Elijah’s Basin

Chapel of the Holy

Trinity

Mount Catherine

St Catherine’s Protectorate

Wadi

Arbaein Wadi Shrayj

Abbas Pasha

Mountain

View of St Catherine’s Monastery from path leading to Mount Sinai

Bedouin woman in traditional dress

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300 km (187 miles) SE of Suez.

Ras Mohammed National

Park (069) 3660 559, (069) 3660 668.

Naama Bay

Environs

Shark Bay

20 km (12 miles) S of Sharm el-Sheikh.

to Sharm el-Sheikh, then taxi.

Visitors’ Centre (069) 3660 559,

(069) 3660 668. daily.

Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh, showing the coral reefs just off shore

One of Sharm el-Sheikh’s many diving centres

Tiran Sanafir Island

Nabq

National Park

Nabq National Park29 km (18 miles) N of Sharm

el-Sheikh. daily.

Turtle swimming in the

Red Sea

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Soft corals

Colourful racoon

butterfly fish

Reef walls

The jewel grouper

Sea anemones

Blue-spotted rays

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85 km (53 miles) N of Dahab.

from Aqaba (Jordan).

100 km (62 miles) N of Sharm el-

Sheikh.Environs

Coloured

Canyon

Abu Galum Nature Reserve

Camels and their Bedouin keepers near Dahab

A new resort near Nuweiba, with

Saudi Arabia visible across the sea

Windsurfer on the Gulf

of Aqaba, Dahab

St Catherine’s Monastery, founded in the 6th century AD in a valley at the foot of Mount Sinai

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70 km (43 miles) N of Nuweiba.

7 km (4 miles) S of Taba.

then ferry.

48 km (30 miles) SW of Rafah.

40,000. Sharia Fuad Zikry

(068) 3363 743. Thu.

Sinai Heritage

Museum

Sinai Heritage MuseumOutskirts of Al-Arish, on road to

Rafah. Tel (068) 3324 105.

8:30am–2pm Sat–Thu.

Crusader castle on Pharaoh’s Island, south of Taba, in the Gulf of Aqaba

Palm-lined promenade in the Mediterranean resort of Al-Arish

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47 km (29 miles) W of Zafarana.

from Cairo, Suez or Hurghada.

daily.

80 km (50 miles) SE of St Anthony’s

Monastery. from Cairo, Suez or

Hurghada. daily.

320 km (200 miles) S of Suez.

36,000. daily

catamaran and weekly ferry services

from Sharm el-Sheikh. Sharia

Banque Misr (065) 3444 420.

The distinctive façade of the Monastery of St Anthony with the Red Sea Mountains in the background

Windsurfer at Sindbad Beach in Hurghada on the Red Sea coast

Two of the monks

at the Monastery

of St Paul

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp277–80 and pp298–300

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58 km (36 miles) S of Hurghada.

23,500.

Giftun Island

Aquarium

Marine

Museum

AquariumAl-Corniche. daily.

Environs

El-Gouna

Soma Bay

Mons Porphyrites

Mons

Claudianus

Marine Museum7 km (4 miles) N of Hurghada.

daily.

80 km (50 miles) S of Port Safaga.

20,500.

132 km (82 miles) S of Al-Quesir.

1,650.

Traditional ship-building at Port Safaga

Colourful house in a street of the

Red Sea port of Al-Quesir

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Typical architectural motifs of stripes, porticos and balconies near Mosque of Abu al-Abbas Mursi, Alexandria

Colourful river taxis at Rosetta where a branch of the Nile flows into the Mediterranean

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For additional map symbols see back flap

One of three sphinxes from a tomb

near Pompey’s Pillar, Alexandria

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GETTING AROUND

Street scene in Marsa Matruh, a resort to the west of Alexandria

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Sidi Abdel Rahman, near the El-Alamein battlefield memorials

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

SEE ALSO

Fort Qaitbey, dating from the 1480s and occupying the site of

the Pharos – Alexandria’s legendary lighthouse

KEY

Motorway

Major road

Road under construction

Minor road

Scenic route

Main railway

Minor railway

Track

International border

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Lake Manzila

Ras al-Bar

210 km (131 miles) NE of Cairo.

78,000.

80 km (50 miles) NE of Cairo.

268,000.

Bubastis

Detail of building in Damietta old town,

illustrating Delta-style architecture

Reeds of Lake Manzila (Damietta) providing cover for migrating birds

Cat worship

near Zagazig

MOULIDS

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp281–2 and pp300–301

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70 km (43 miles) NE of Zagazig.

65 km (40 miles) E of Alexandria.

58,000.

Panelled wall in the Ottoman House of Amasyali in Rosetta

Palm trees bordering the Rosetta

branch of the Nile Delta

94 km (58 miles) N of Cairo.

373,000.

21st- and 22nd-Dynasty tombs at

the royal necropolis at Tanis

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Cavafy Museum4 Sharia Sharm el-Sheikh, off Sharia

Nabi Daniel. Wed–Mon.

Colourful fishing boats in Alexandria Harbour

Bibliotheca AlexandrinaShatbi. Tel (03) 483 9999, (03) 483

0334/0336/0342/0346. 10am–

7pm Wed–Thu & Sun–Mon, 3–7pm

Fri–Sat (11am–2pm during Ramadan).

Midan Saad Zaghloul

Sofitel Alex Cecil Hotel16 Midan Saad Zaghloul.

Tel (03) 487 7173.

16th-century woodcut showing the

Library of Alexandria on fire

Façade of Sofitel Alex Cecil Hotel

For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp281–2 and pp300–301

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Roman Amphitheatre at Kom al-DikkaSharia Yousef. daily.

Marble benches capable of seating up to 800

Romans in the Amphitheatre at Kom al-Dikka

Roman mosaic at

Kom al-Dikka

Key to Symbols see back flap

ALEXANDRIA CITY CENTRE

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VISITORS’ CHECKLIST

Alexandria governorate. 3.4

million. 5 km (3 miles) SE

of the city. Masr Station,

Midan al-Gumhuriyya; Sidi

Gaber Station. 15th May Bus

Station, Sidi Gaber. Midan

Saad Zaghloul (03) 485 1556;

Masr Station (03) 392 5985.

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Statue of Aphrodite

(2nd-century AD)

Terracotta

Pharos

lantern

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Entrance

GALLERY GUIDE

Coptic artifacts

TerracottaVISITORS’ CHECKLIST

5 Sharia al-Mathaf ar-Romani.

Tel (03) 486 5820.

9am–5pm daily; 9am–3pm

during Ramadan. 11am–1pm

Fri. Extra charge for cameras

and videos.

STAR EXHIBITS

Antique Coins

Tanagra Figures

KEY

Coptic

Ptolemaic

Pharaonic

Graeco-Roman

Handicrafts (all periods)

Coins

Non-exhibition space

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Pastroudis39 Sharia Horreya. Tel (03) 392 9609.

Attarine MosqueSharia Attarine.

Pastroudis, once a favourite with the Alexandrian literary crowd

Midan Tahrir at the centre of Alexandria

Detail of Andalusian-styled Mosque

of Abu al-Abbas Mursi in Anfushi

Ottoman District (Anfushi)

Midan Tahrir

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Necropolis of AnfushiSharia Ras el-Tin, Anfushi. daily.

Fort QaitbeyCorniche. 15. daily.

Fort Qaitbey from across the Eastern Harbour, built by recycling the stones from the Pharos Lighthouse

PHAROS LIGHTHOUSE

Reconstruction of the

Pharos Lighthouse

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Ras el-Tin PalaceSharia Ras el-Tin, Bahari.

Fine Arts Museum18 Sharia Menasce. Tel (03) 393

6616. Sat–Thu.

Catacombs of Kom ash-ShuqqafaSharia al-Nasserieh. 16. 9am–

5pm daily (Ramadan: 9am–3pm).

Pompey’s Pillar, once part of the

beautiful Temple of Serapis

Pompey’s PillarSharia Ahmoud al-Saweiri, Karmous.

16. daily.

Relief of Anubis presiding over a mummification at Kom ash-Shuqqafa

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Royal Jewellery Museum27 Sharia Ahmed Yehia Pasha, Zizinia.

2. Tel (03) 582 8348.

9am–4pm daily; 9:30am–2:30pm

Ramadan.

18 km (11 miles) E of Alexandria.

Tel (03) 547 7152. daily.

Mamoura

MamouraSharia Abu Qir.

Montazah Palace, an eclectic mix of Turkish and Florentine architecture

The elegant gardens and groves of

Montazah Palace, Alexandria

National Museum of Alexandria110 Sharia Horreya. Tel (03) 483

5519. 9am–5pm daily.

Mahmoud Said Museum Centre6 Sharia Said Pasha, Gianaclis.

Tel (03) 582 1688. 2.

10am–6:30pm Tue–Sun; 10am–

1:30pm, 7–10:30pm Ramadan.

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24 km (15 miles) E of Alexandria.

33,000.

20 km (12 miles) W of Alexandria.

Beit al-Halawa

Villa Lashin

Environs

Hannoville

Sidi Krear

Brightly painted fishing boats at Abu Qir

63 km (39 miles) SW of Alexandria.

Monastery at Abu Mina built in 1959 on the site of a much older basilica

Colourful fishing boats on the seafront at Abu Qir

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222 km (137 miles) W of Marsa

Matruh. 6,000.

Allied War Cemetery

105 km (65 miles) W of Alexandria.

1,800.

War Museum

Commonwealth War

Cemetery

German Cemetery

Italian

Cleopatra Beach

Agibah Beach

Gravestones at the Commonwealth

War Cemetery at El-Alamein

290 km (180 miles) W of Alexandria.

52,000. Governorate Building,

Al-Corniche (046) 493 1841.

Sherman tank outside

the War Museum

Cemetery

Sidi Abdel Rahman

El-Alamein War Museum daily.

Waves crashing into the rocks at Cleopatra’s Beach, Marsa Matruh

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The boundless expanse of the Great Sand Sea, close to Siwa Oasis

Taking a break during the heat of the day in Dakhla, one of the Western Desert Oases

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GETTING AROUND

Dakhla Oasis near Al-Qasr, showing the striking contrast between the

fertile soil and the barren, inhospitable desert

Siwa Oasis, with the salt lake Birket Siwa visible in the

distance, viewed from the Mountain of the Dead

Statue in the Oasis

Heritage Museum,

Bahariyya

For additional map symbols see back flap

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Extraordinary rock formations in the White Desert

between Bahariyya and Farafra Oases

SIGHTS AT A GLANCE

SEE ALSO

KEY

Major road

Minor road

Minor railway

Track

International border

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0 miles

100

50

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For hotels and restaurants in this region see pp282–3 and p301

233 km (144 miles) SW of Asyut.

65,000. 5 km (3 miles) N

of El-Kharga. Government

building, Midan Nasser, El-Kharga

(092) 7921 206.

Antiquities

Museum

Temple of

Hibis

Necropolis of

al-Bagawat

Environs

Temple of

al-Ghueita

Antiquities MuseumSharia Gamal Abdel Nasser.

daily.

Temple of Hibis2 km (1 mile) N of El-Kharga.

daily.

Necropolis of al-Bagawat3 km (2 miles) N of El-Kharga.

daily.

Temple of al-Ghueita18 km (11 miles) S of El-Kharga.

daily.

190 km (118 miles) W of Kharga.

70,000. 10 km (6 miles) SW

of Mut. Sharia as-Sawra al-

Khadra, Mut (092) 7821 686.

Ethnographic Museum

Environs

Al-Qasr

Al-Muzawaka tombs

Deir al-Hagar

Balat

Lush date groves surrounding the fertile fields of Dakhla, the prettiest of the Western Desert oases

Mudbrick tombs in the Necropolis of al-Bagawat, Kharga Oasis

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310 km (192 miles) NW of Dakhla.

2,800.

Ain Bishmu

Temple of Alexander the

Great

Temple of Ain al-

Muftela

Black Mountain

Environs:Black Desert

Crystal Mountain

Oasis Heritage Museum1 km (0.6 mile) N of Bawiti. daily.

Temple of Alexander the Great6 km (4 miles) SW of Bawiti.

ask at Tourist Office.

Temple of Ain al-Muftela5 km (3 miles) W of Bawiti.

ask at Tourist Office.

GOLDEN MUMMIES

Town

Museum

Environs

White Desert

Clay figures in the Oasis Heritage Museum, Bahariyya Oasis

Bizarre rock formations caused by wind erosion in the

White Desert, near Farafra Oasis

185 km (115 miles) NE of Farafra.

33,000. Town council

building, Bawiti (02) 847 3035.

Oasis Heritage Museum

Ethnographic MuseumSharia as-Salem. ask at Tourist Office.

Al-Muzawaka tombs5 km (3 miles) W of Al-Qasr. daily.

Deir al-Hagar12 km (7 miles) W of Al-Qasr.

daily.

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SIWAN CULTURE

550 km (341 miles) W of Cairo, 305

km (189 miles) SW of Marsa Matruh.

30,000. Opposite Arous

al-Waha, road to Marsa Matruh

(046) 460 2883.

Shali

House of Siwa Museum

Mountain

of the Dead

Tomb of Si-Amun

Temple of the

Oracle

Temple of Amun

Cleopatra’s Pool

Fatnis Island

House of Siwa MuseumSiwa. Sat–Thu.

Tomb of Si-Amun1 km (0.6 mile) N of Siwa. daily.

Detail from the Tomb of Si-Amun

on the Mountain of the Dead, Siwa

A typical blue-painted mudbrick dwelling in Siwa Oasis

Traditional handwoven

Siwan basket

Mural on a Siwan house encouraging pilgrims to make the journey to Mecca

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Little green

bee-eater

Oasis

AquiferImpermeable

rock

Saltwater lakes

Date palms

Agriculture

Oasis formed by a natural depression Oasis resulting from a fault in the rock layers

Water

Fault

THE FORMATION OF OASES

Oasis

Human settlements

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TRAVELLERS’ NEEDS

WHERE TO STAY 264283

WHERE TO EAT 284301

SHOPPING IN EGYPT 302307

ENTERTAINMENT IN EGYPT 308315

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES AND SPECIALISTHOLIDAYS 316325

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WHERE TO LOOK

HOTEL TOUTS

Marble-floored foyer of the Old

Winter Palace, Luxor

Doorman at

Old Cataract

Hotel, Aswan

The Sheraton Hotel on Gezira island, Cairo

Restaurant in Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, Aswan

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BOOKING A ROOM

DISCOUNTS

HOTEL GRADING AND FACILITIES

CHAIN HOTELS

Siwa Safari Paradise Hotel, set in palm groves near the Temple of Amun

The spectacular entrance hall of a luxury hotel in Alexandria

HIDDEN EXTRAS

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DISABLED TRAVELLERS

BUSINESS TRAVELLERS

SMALLER HOTELS

Hotel Metropole, Alexandria

The Nile Hilton Hotel, Cairo, built in the 1950s on the site of the Qasr el-Nil (Palace of the Nile) (see p72)

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DIRECTORY

HOTELS OFFERING

CENTRAL BOOKING

Hilton Hotels

Tel 0800 856 8000 (UK).

Tel 1-800 445 8667 (US).

www.hilton.com

Inter-Continental

Hotels

Tel (020) 8847 2277 (UK).

Tel 1-888 567 8725 (US).

www.interconti.com

Marriott Hotels

Tel 0800 221222 (UK).

Tel 1-888 236 2427 (US).

www.marriott.com

Le Meridien Hotels

Tel 08000 282840.

www.lemeridien-

hotels.com

Sheraton Hotels

Tel 353 21 427 9200

(Europe).

Tel 1-888 625 5144 (US).

www.sheraton.com

FINDING A HOTEL

Database of

Egyptian Hotels

www.egypthotelsdb.com

Egyptian Tourist

Authority (EGAPT)

170 Piccadilly,

London W1V 9DD.

Tel (020) 7493 5283.

www.touregypt.net

MISR Travel

(State-run tourist company)

1 Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo.

Tel (02) 393 0010.

Tourist OfficeMidan Saad Zaghloul,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 485 1556.

8am–6pm daily (9am–

4pm during Ramadan).

Tourist Office5 Sharia Adly, Cairo.

Tel (02) 391 3454.

8:30am–8pm daily

(9am–4pm during

Ramadan).

ADVICE FOR DISABLED TRAVELLERS

Disability Action GroupPortside Business Park

189 Airport Rd West,

Belfast BT3 9ED.

Tel (028) 9029 7880.

Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation12 City Forum,

250 City Road,

London EC1V 8AF.

Tel (020) 7250 3222.

YOUTH HOSTELS

Egyptian Youth Hostel Association1 Sharia al-Ibrahimy,

Garden City, Cairo.

Tel (02) 794 0527.

England & Wales Youth Hostels AssociationTrevelyan House,

8 St Stephen’s Hill,

St Albans, Herts

AL1 2DY.

Tel 0870 870 8808.

BUDGET OPTIONS

CHILDREN

YHA sign at youth

hostel in Aswan

The luxury As-Salamlek Hotel in Montazah

Palace grounds, Alexandria

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Key to Symbols see back cover flap

CAIRO

CAIRO Ismailia Hotel

Midan Tahrir, Downtown, Cairo Tel 02 7963 122 Rooms 27 Map 1 C5, 5 B4

The Ismailia Hotel is cheap and cheerful, but despite having few amenities, it remains one of the most popular of the hostel-type accommodation in the area. Its location is good for local attractions, shops and restaurants, and there are great views out over the Midan Tahir. Rooms are simple and bathrooms scarce. [email protected]

CAIRO Mayfair Hotel

Sharia Aziz Osman, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7357 315 or 02 7359 594 Fax 02 7350 424 Rooms 45 Map 1 A3

If luxurious surroundings are a must, then the Mayfair Hotel will probably not fit the bill, but this establishment is clean and attractive. It is also located in one of the upmarket areas of Cairo, at Zamalek, within easy reach of local places of interest. A bustling marketplace is close by. The hotel is popular with backpackers. www.mayfaircairo.com

CAIRO Pension Roma

169 Sharia Mohammed Farid, Downtown, Cairo Tel 02 3911 088 Fax 02 5796 243 Rooms 32 Map 2 D4, 6 D2

Booking in advance is usually the best policy if you wish to stay at Pension Roma. It is cheap and basic, but it has earned a reputation for being clean and safe. The atmosphere is great – with antique furniture and traditional decor, it is rather like being on an Arabic movie set. Its location is central, too.

CAIRO Bedouin Valley Red Sea

Sharia El Gehad, Cairo Tel 02 6352 406 Fax 02 6326 665 Rooms 20 Map 1 C5, 5 C3

If watersports such as diving and snorkelling are a passion, combined with the chance to explore Cairo and the desert, then a stay at the Bedouin Valley Red Sea should meet all requirements. Situated right on the beach, it overlooks a reef. Its rooms are fully furnished, and have telephones and private bathrooms.

CAIRO Berlin Hotel

Sharia el-Shawarby, Cairo Tel 02 3957 502 Fax 02 3957 502 Rooms 7 Map 1 C5, 5 C3

The Berlin Hotel is housed in an unassuming building in one of Cairo’s busy thoroughfares, but step inside and the reception area and rooms are presented in a traditional manner and are full of character. The host is generally helpful and will assist with organizing excursions to the Pyramids. [email protected]

CAIRO Carlton Hotel

Sharia 26th July, Cairo Tel 02 5755 022 Fax 02 5755 323 Rooms 62 Map 1 C4, 5 C2

The Carlton Hotel is housed in a building constructed in 1935, and although renovated to a high, modern standard that includes air conditioning, it retains many of its original architectural features, which add to its charm. The rooms are attractive, while its restaurant and rooftop bar are full of atmosphere. www.carltonhotelcairo.com

CAIRO Fontana Hotel

Midan Ramses, Cairo Tel 02 5922 321 or 02 5884 058 Fax 02 5922 145 Rooms 87 Map 2 D3

A relatively compact hotel with a huge personality, the Fontana boasts some of the best views imaginable of the frenetic bustle of the Midan Ramses. Just people-watching is a great way to spend some time. This air-conditioned hotel offers pleasingly presented rooms, along with a small rooftop pool and a disco.

CAIRO Horus House Hotel

21 Sharia Ismail Mohammed, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7353 634 Fax 02 7353 182 Rooms 35 Map 1 A3

The Horus House Hotel is a warm, welcoming little place, full of guests who come back time and again. It may not have many facilities (just a bar and a small restaurant), but everywhere is clean and well presented, especially the rooms. It is located in a smarter area of Cairo, close to many tourist attractions. www.horushousehotel.4t.com

CAIRO Lotus Hotel

Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo Tel 02 5915 810 Fax 02 5921 621 Rooms 50 Map 1 C5, 5 B3

With an authentic Art Deco interior decor inspired by a local architect’s dream of creating a “Paris by the Nile” in the 1900s, the Lotus is a pleasing base in one of Cairo’s main downtown thoroughfares. It is popular with both business and leisure travellers, and staying here is like taking a step back in time. www.lotushotel.com

PRICE CATEGORIES (IN EGYPTIAN

POUNDS – EGP)

For a standard double room per night,

with breakfast, tax and service charge

included.

Under 150 EGP

150–250 EGP

250–550 EGP

550–1,000 EGP

Over 1,000 EGP

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CAIRO New Star Hotel

Sharia Yehia Ibrahim, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7351 865 Fax 02 7351 321 Rooms 28 Map 1 A3

A pleasant little hotel that, despite being close to a major intersection of two busy roads, offers a surprisingly quiet and relaxing stay. As well as a cosy restaurant, the hotel boasts an enviable location for the city and the Nile – indeed, most of the large, air-conditioned rooms have panoramic views of one or the other.

CAIRO Windsor House

19 Sharia Alfi Bei, Cairo Tel 02 5915 810 Fax 02 5921 621 Rooms 55 Map 2 D4, 6 D2

Built around 1900 as the baths for the Egyptian royal family and used as a British officers’ club, Windsor House is one of Cairo’s landmark buildings. It retains its colonial atmosphere to this day and has appeared in numerous films. The pleasing rooms are presented in a traditional Egyptian style. www.windsorcairo.com

CAIRO Al-Hussein Hotel

Midan Hussein, Hussein, Cairo Tel 02 5891 093 Fax 02 5918 479 Rooms 56 Map 2 F5

Located in the Islamic area of Cairo, close to the bustling Khan al-Khalili, this hotel offers good, comfortable accommodation. Not all the rooms have air conditioning or private bathrooms, so it’s best to state any specific requirements in advance. Views of the fascinating medieval part of Cairo can be enjoyed from various vantage points.

CAIRO Atlas Zamalek Hotel

20 Gamiat ad-Dowal al-Arabiyya, Cairo Tel 02 3466 559 Fax 02 3476 958 Rooms 75 Map 1 A2

A traditional hotel built to a high-rise design, the Atlas Zamalek is well located for getting into the city centre with ease – it is situated right on one of central Cairo’s main thoroughfares, at Mohandiseen. Rooms are nicely presented, and the hotel also boasts a characterful restaurant, a pool and a fitness suite.

CAIRO Cairo Airport Hotel

Cairo International Airport Tel 02 2267 4568 Fax 02 2244 3957 Rooms 50

As its name suggests, the Cairo Airport Hotel is a practical but comfortable stopping-off point for travellers to and from the city. It is, literally, within walking distance of Terminal 1. Registration and checking out procedures are quick, and the rooms have every amenity to help weary guests to unwind, including air conditioning.

CAIRO Cairo Khan Hotel

19 Sharia 26th July, Cairo Tel 02 3922 015 Fax 02 3906 799 Rooms 186 Map 1 C4, 5 C2

With its attractive decor, comfortable rooms and a location that could beat all others, the Cairo Khan is one of the most popular mid-priced hotels in Cairo. Close by is a wide range of shopping malls, tourist sites and entertainment venues. Fully air conditioned, the hotel attracts businesspeople as well as tourists. www.cairokhan.com

CAIRO Caroline Crillon

49 Sharia Syria, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 3465 101 Rooms 35 Map 2 D4, 6 D2

A welcoming hotel, the Caroline Crillon is so centrally located for Cairo’s tourist attractions, shops and restaurants that you need never venture too far away. This air-conditioned hotel prides itself on providing good Egyptian hospitality and food, not to mention comfortable rooms with a range of high-quality amenities.

CAIRO Cosmopolitan Hotel

Sharia lbn Tahlab, Cairo Tel 02 3923 956 Fax 02 3933 531 Rooms 84 Map 1 C3, 5 C3

A stay at the downtown Cosmopolitan Hotel is sure to enrich your visit to Cairo. It oozes Old World colonial charm and is full of character. Dotted throughout the communal areas are dark lacquered pieces of antique furniture. The rooms are equally charming, and some even have original bathroom fittings.

CAIRO Flamenco Hotel

2 Sharia Gezirat al-Wosta, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7350 815 Fax 02 7350 819 Rooms 162 Map 1 A2

This traditionally styled mid-range hotel is popular with businesspeople and tourists alike, thanks to its homely, welcoming feel, despite being quite large in size. Part of the Golden Tulip chain of hotels, the Flamenco sits alongside the Nile and is within walking distance of the city’s major attractions. www.flamencohotels.com

CAIRO Hotel Beirut

56 Sharia Beirut, Cairo Tel 02 4152 347 Fax 02 4159 422 Rooms 90 Map 1 A2

A modern mid-priced hotel located in an upmarket neighbourhood outside the city centre. With air conditioning throughout, well-presented rooms with private bathroom facilities and television, and restaurants offering a mix of international and Egyptian cuisine, the hotel offers excellent value for money.

CAIRO Odeon Palace Hotel

Abdel Hamid Said, Cairo Tel 02 5767 971 Fax 02 5767 971 Rooms 30 Map 1 C4, 5 C2

Probably best known for its 24-hour rooftop bar, where guests and locals alike may relax, the Odeon Palace is something of a well-kept secret. It is located in a landmark building in a quiet side street in downtown Cairo and could be easily missed. Its rooms are of a mid-range standard, and its restaurant serves Egyptian fare.

CAIRO The President Hotel

Sharia Taha Hussein, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7350 652 Fax 02 7361 752 Rooms 117 Map 1 A2

The President Hotel is one of those establishments that won’t fail in its bid to offer a comfortable, pleasant and convenient place to stay. For this reason, it is one of the most popular hotels for businesspeople and visitors in this upmarket area of Cairo, even though it occupies an unassuming high-rise building.

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CAIRO Victoria Hotel

Al-Gomhuriyya, Cairo Tel 02 5892 290 Fax 02 5913 008 Rooms 90 Map 2 D5, 6 D1

Oozing colonial charm, this hotel built in the early 1900s is within walking distance of many of Cairo’s major tourist attractions. It has its own private gardens, along with restaurants and a coffee shop, while its rooms are nicely presented and have amenities such as satellite television and air conditioning.

CAIRO Cairo Marriott Hotel

Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7394 632 Fax 02 7356 667 Rooms 1,124 Map 1 B3

Renowned for its lavish Oriental-inspired decor and architecture, this 19th-century hotel was originally built for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. It is as popular today as it was then, when visitors first began arriving in Cairo. Facilities include gardens and terraces, as well as spacious rooms full of refinement. www.cairomarriott.com

CAIRO Concorde El Salam Hotel

65 Sharia Abdel Hamid Badawi, Cairo Tel 02 2974 000 Fax 02 2976 037 Rooms 256 Map 1 C4, 5 C2

A centrally located hotel close to downtown Cairo and the airport, the Concorde El Salam is popular with businesspeople as well as leisure travellers. It has four fine restaurants serving Indian, Chinese, Italian and Oriental cuisine, along with many amenities. The attractive rooms are of a high standard.

CAIRO Hilton Cairo Nile

Midan Tahrir, Cairo Tel 02 5780 444 Fax 02 5780 475 Rooms 431 Map 1 B5, 5 B3

One of the first of the large purpose-designed tourist hotels in the Egyptian capital, the Hilton Cairo Nile is set right on the edge of the river. It is close to almost all that the city has to offer in terms of attractions, with the Egyptian Museum literally on the doorstep. Rooms are well presented, and amenities include a rooftop piano bar.

CAIRO Sheraton al-Gezira

El Orman, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3411 333 Fax 02 3405 056 Rooms 436 Map 3 A1

Every room at the 27-storey round Sheraton al-Gezira enjoys a stunning view of the city’s landmarks, not to mention top-class facilities such as satellite television and high-speed Internet connections. Restaurants offer multicultural fare. The hotel, which stands on the southern tip of Gezira on the banks of the Nile, is close to Cairo’s main attractions.

CAIRO CairoTel Hotel

Maadi, Cairo Tel & Fax 02 3506 787 Rooms 162

A modern hotel with a lavish feel, the CairoTel offers rooms with many facilities, including private bathrooms and televisions. The hotel is located within an easy walk of the Nile riverside, and a short drive into downtown Cairo – a combination that makes it popular with both businesspeople and leisure travellers.

CAIRO Conrad International Hotel

1191 Corniche el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 5808 000 Fax 02 5808 080 Rooms 617 Map 3 B5, 1 B5, 5 A5

Egypt is awash with luxury five-star hotels, and this is certainly among the best. The reception area is designed to capture the essence of Cairo, while the rooms are presented with lavish soft furnishings and every amenity. Most have views of the Nile. The hotel is in a prime spot for quality shops and eateries. www.conradhotels.com

CAIRO Europa Hotel

300 Sharia Pyramids, Cairo Tel 02 5815 940 Rooms 250

A stay at the Europa Hotel will be memorable for the fact that this beautifully presented establishment stands, literally, a few minutes’ walking distance from downtown Cairo. Leisure facilities include a pool and sauna complex, while on-site restaurants serve international cuisine. Rooms are luxuriously appointed.

CAIRO Four Seasons Hotel

35 Sharia al-Giza, Cairo Tel 02 5731 212 Fax 02 5681 616 Rooms 269 Map 3 A3

Located on Cairo’s West Bank, at the heart of a prestigious residential and shopping complex, the Four Seasons offers a panoramic view of the Nile and a supremely convenient location. Each room or suite is lavish and comes complete with amenities one would expect from such a luxurious hotel. www.fourseasons.com

CAIRO Grand Hyatt Cairo

Midan Tahrir, Cairo Tel 02 5780 666 Fax 02 5780 475 Rooms 714 Map 3 B1, 5 A5

One of the largest of the purpose-designed hotels in Cairo, the Grand Hyatt is located on the northernmost tip of Rhoda Island. It is far enough out to be relaxing, and yet the city centre is within easy reach. Rooms and facilities are as one would expect of a five-star hotel, and the Nile views are breathtaking. www.cairo.grand.hyatt.com

CAIRO Hilton Cairo World Trade Centre

1191 Corniche el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 2580 2000 Fax 02 2579 0577 Rooms 225 Map 1 B3

Part of the World Trade Centre complex on the banks of the Nile, this all-suites hotel attracts both businesspeople and discerning travellers. Its restaurants serve top-quality Mediterranean cuisine, while its rooms have every luxury expected of a top-end hotel, including Internet connection. www.hilton.com

CAIRO Hilton Hotel Ramses

1115 Corniche el-Nil, Maspiro, Cairo Tel 02 5744 400 Fax 02 5757 152 Rooms 800 Map 1 B3

A landmark building renowned for the outstanding views of the Nile and the Pyramids from its 36th-floor rooftop restaurant, the Hilton Hotel Ramses is popular with both business and leisure travellers. Rooms exemplify top-end luxury, while the hotel features many leisure facilities, including a spa.

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CAIRO Pyramisa Hotel

60 Sharia Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3367 000 Fax 02 3605 347 Rooms 150 Map 3 A3

This luxurious hotel is set in the heart of Cairo and overlooks the Nile. It is situated a few minutes’ walk from the Cairo Opera House and the Egyptian Museum. Rooms are equipped with a wide range of amenities, such as satellite television and air conditioning, while the hotel offers fine restaurants, a spa, pools and sports facilities.

CAIRO Semiramis Intercontinental

Corniche el-Nil, Garden City, Cairo Tel 02 7957 171 Fax 02 7963 020 Rooms 730 Map 1 B5, 5 A4

If money is no object, then a stay at the Semiramis Intercontinental will make a trip to Cairo an even more memorable experience. Most of this hotel’s rooms, including its collection of luxury suites, which attract the world’s wealthiest, look straight out over the Nile. A seemingly endless list of amenities is on offer. www.interconti.com

CAIRO Sheraton Cairo Hotel

11 Midan el-Gala, Cairo Tel 02 3369 700 Fax 02 3364 601 Rooms 660 Map 3 A1

Offering magnificent views of Cairo city or the Nile, the rooms and suites of this five-star hotel are beautifully presented and equipped with the latest technology and facilities. Situated on the West Bank, the Sheraton Cairo is close to most of the major attractions that the city has to offer, including designer shopping centres. www.sheraton.com

CAIRO Sofitel Cairo Maadi Towers

29 Corniche el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 5260 601 or 02 5260 602 Fax 02 5261 133 Rooms 173 Map 3 B5, 1 B5, 5 A5

Combining luxury with a characterful decor that aims to capture Egyptian architecture and style, this hotel offers attractive, fully equipped rooms, as well as pools, a fitness centre, a casino and facilities for children. It also prides itself on providing for guests with mobility restrictions. Situated 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city centre. www.sofitel.com

CAIRO Sofitel Le Sphinx Hotel

1 Alexandria Road, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3838 444 Fax 02 3834 930 Rooms 274

If visiting the Pyramids, you couldn’t find a hotel that is more conveniently located than the Sofitel Le Sphinx Hotel. It stands in an outstanding park at the very foot of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx. Nearby, you will find many cultural and tourist attractions, superb shopping outlets and a wealth of recreational facilities. www.sofitel.com

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Novotel Cairo Airport Hotel

Cairo Airport Post, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2918 520 Fax 02 2914 794 Rooms 204

At first glance, this establishment seems above all a practical solution for an overnight stay, but in reality it is a surprisingly comfortable hotel with good amenities that include a sauna, tennis courts and restaurants. As its name suggests, it is close to the airport, and as such it is popular with businesspeople.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Baron Hotel Heliopolis

Sharia Maahad El Saharaa, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2912 468 Fax 02 2907 077 Rooms 126

A landmark building, the Baron Hotel is located in the Heliopolis district of Cairo. It overlooks the 19th-century Baron Empain’s Palace. The hotel has a range of amenities that include a health suite, a nightclub and its own shopping mall. The rooms are attractively presented, and most boast stunning panoramic views.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Le Meridien Heliopolis

Sharia Al Orouba, Al Horreya, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2905 055 Fax 02 2908 533 Rooms 283

Whether relaxing at the bar, around the pool or in any one of its elegant restaurants or simply taking it easy in the privacy of your own room, Le Meridien offers a truly chic atmosphere. It is just ten minutes or so from Cairo’s airport, and a little longer from the city centre. www.lemeridien-heliopolis.com

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Mena House Oberoi

Sharia al-Ahram, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3833 444 Fax 02 3837 777 Rooms 523

Situated right on the main road to the Pyramids, and overlooking the stunning ancient structures, Mena House Oberoi is always popular with tourists. Golfers, too, are drawn to play its course. The hotel’s rooms are attractively presented, while its reception is reminiscent of the 19th-century hunting lodge it once was. www.oberoi.com.eg

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Mövenpick Jolieville

Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3852 555 Fax 02 3835 006 Rooms 240

Location is one of the keys to the success of this exceptionally comfortable hotel. It is ideally situated for the Pyramids and Sharia 26th July, the main thoroughfare into Cairo city centre, for further sightseeing. The hotel offers beautifully presented rooms with many facilities, as well as a large swimming pool and sports amenities. www.movenpick.com

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Sheraton Heliopolis

Sharia Uruba, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2677 730 Fax 02 2677 600 Rooms 588

This five-star hotel is ideal for a short business trip or weekend break, since it is close to the airport and yet within easy reach of Cairo’s major tourist attractions and commercial centres. It features every amenity to make your stay memorable, and its restaurants serve international and Egyptian cuisine. www.sheraton.com

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Sheraton Royal Gardens

Sharia Helmeiat Al-Ahram, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 7813 311 Fax 02 7811 441 Rooms 358

With the Pyramids less than ten minutes’ drive away and Cairo city centre not much further, the Sheraton Royal Gardens is popular with tourists and businesspeople alike. Offering five-star facilities such as a spa, valet service and restaurants serving fine cuisine, it is a good choice in the high-end bracket. www.sheraton.com

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AROUND CAIRO

FAYOUM Auberge du Lac Hotel

Lake Qarun, Fayoum Tel 084 572 001 Fax 084 572 003 Rooms 76

It would be difficult to find a hotel that truly offers the chance to get away from it all better than the Auberge du Lac at the Fayoum Oasis. Surrounded by natural fauna and flora, and perched on the edge of Lake Qarun, it was once the hunting lodge of King Farouk, who is said to have spent glorious days here. www.aubergedulac-fayoum.com

THE NILE VALLEY

ABU SIMBEL Kariat Abu Simbel

Abu Simbel Tel 097 3400 170 Fax 097 3400 770 Rooms 26

Built in 2001 in Nubian style, complete with domes and arches, this small and reasonably priced hotel is hugely popular, especially during the winter months. It has its own gardens, which have been neatly laid out and provide the perfect place to relax. Its terrace has a wonderful view out over Lake Nasser.

ABU SIMBEL Seti Abu Simbel Hotel

Abu Simbel Tel 097 3400 720 or 097 3400 722 Fax 097 3400 829 Rooms 138

The only hotel located right at the foot of the Grand Temple of Ramses, the Seti Abu Simbel enjoys unsurprisingly splendid views over the sights, as well as across the waters of Lake Nasser. The public areas feature striking Nubian-style domes, and there is a pool with waterfalls and a large garden. Live entertainment is arranged most nights.

ABU SIMBEL Nefertari Hotel

Abu Simbel Tel 097 3400 508 Fax 097 3400 510 Rooms 120

A sizable establishment that stands in its own gardens, the Nefertari is close to the Temple of Ramses II, a must on any traveller’s itinerary to Abu Simbel. Its pool is attractive and offers a great view out over Lake Nasser, while its restaurant and rooms are well presented, if a little on the basic side.

ASWAN Hathor Hotel

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan Tel 097 2314 580 Fax 097 2303 462 Rooms 64

A slightly older-style hotel that holds a few surprises. On the roof, the area centred around the hotel pool has been attractively decorated with pots and shrubs. The views of the Nile are outstanding from here. Most of the rooms have views of the river, too, although these tend to book up quickly.

ASWAN Keylany Hotel

Sharia Keylany, Aswan Tel & Fax 097 2317 332 Rooms 28

A small and attractive hotel, the Keylany is beautifully clean. Its owners clearly take great pride in it. Although facilities are few (just a small traditional restaurant), the rooms do have bathrooms and fans, and the price tag is small. The hotel’s central location to Aswan’s attractions is another bonus.

ASWAN New Abu Simbel Hotel

Sharia Abtal el-Tahir, Aswan Tel 097 2306 096 Rooms 38

The New Abu Simbel is an unassuming building from the outside, but step inside, and it is a welcoming establishment, its staff friendly and helpful. Rooms are simply decorated but immaculately clean. Location-wise, the hotel is close to the banks of the Nile and within walking distance of the Nubian Museum.

ASWAN Nubian Hotel

234 Sharia Saad Zaghloud, Aswan Tel 097 2312 123 Fax 097 2312 124 Rooms 32

The Nubian is a cheaper-end hotel. It offers a limited number of frills but is well located in downtown Aswan, and guests can enjoy the many attractions the city has to offer on the doorstep. Rooms are basic but clean, and some offer views of Aswan. Close by are enough shops and restaurants to suit all tastes.

ASWAN Orabi Hotel

Sharia Kaylany, Aswan Tel & Fax 097 2317 578 Rooms 13

The Orabi is a budget hotel that makes no promises of being luxurious, but it is characterful and clean, and some rooms have air conditioning. Be aware, however, that bathrooms are communal. Location-wise, the hotel stands just off Sharia Souq, making it a great place to stay for seeing the local tourist attractions.

ASWAN El-Amir Hotel

Off Corniche el-Nil, Aswan Tel 097 2314 732 Fax 097 2304 411 Rooms 36

The El-Amir is small but pleasingly presented; its rooms have a few basic amenities, but they do boast views out over the awesome cityscape of Aswan. The hotel is located conveniently off the Corniche, making sightseeing an easy option. It has a restaurant serving predominantly Egyptian cuisine but no alcohol.

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ASWAN Happi Hotel

Sharia Abtaal El Tahrir, Aswan Tel 097 2314 115 Fax 097 2307 572 Rooms 66

A good location just off the Corniche el-Nil makes this hotel a good choice for visiting the city, but it is a budget establishment, so don’t expect anything too fancy. Rooms are large, and most have views of the river, which is a big plus. A restaurant is located on the sixth floor, from where the view over Aswan to the Nile is truly amazing.

ASWAN Oscar Hotel

Sharia El Barka, Aswan Tel & Fax 097 2326 066 Rooms 42

Despite being a mid- to low-end hotel, the Oscar is a pleasant little place to stay. Its rooms are nicely presented, and some have air conditioning and private bathroom facilities, while the hotel itself has a brightly coloured restaurant where delicious home-made Egyptian cuisine is served.

ASWAN Phiala Hotel

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan Tel 097 2312 089 Fax 097 2310 572 Rooms 66

The Phiala Hotel must be one of the best bargains in town. Recently redecorated and pleasingly presented, it is competitively priced and yet stands right in the centre of Aswan, at the Corniche. The hotel offers its guests the chance to relax in its restaurant and bar area, in its pretty garden or in one of its spacious rooms.

ASWAN Queen Nourhan Hotel

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, First of Atlas area, Aswan Tel & Fax 097 2326 069 Rooms 36

Set over four floors, the two-star Queen Nourhan offers clean accommodation at very competitive prices. All rooms are air-conditioned, and most of them boast sweeping views of the River Nile. The hotel also incorporates an excellent coffee shop, featuring mostly typical Egyptian and Arabic drinks.

ASWAN Ramses Hotel

Sharia Abtel al-Tahrir, Aswan Tel 097 2304 000 Fax 097 2315 701 Rooms 112

The staff at the Ramses are friendly and helpful, and always willing to help guests organize their stay, booking trips and excursions on their behalf. Location-wise, the hotel overlooks the river and is within walking distance of bustling Nile Street. Its facilities are good for a budget hotel and include air-conditioned rooms with private bathrooms.

ASWAN Cleopatra Hotel

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Aswan Tel 097 2324 001 Fax 097 2314 002 Rooms 130

The rooms in this seven-storey downtown Aswan hotel are well equipped, with air conditioning, telephone, television and balcony as standard. Some rooms even have larger-than-normal beds. Location-wise, the Cleopatra is ideal for shopping and seeing the sights of Aswan. Among its facilities is a rooftop pool.

ASWAN Hotel New Cataract Aswan

Sharia Abtal el Tahir, Aswan Tel 097 2316 001 Fax 097 2316 011 Rooms 144

Located on the banks of the Nile, opposite Elephantine Island and just metres from the Nubian Museum, this hotel is ideal for sightseeing enthusiasts. Its rooms are well equipped, with facilities such as air conditioning, television and a balcony or terrace, while the hotel itself sits in attractive landscaped gardens.

ASWAN Sara Hotel

Sharia El Fanadek, Aswan Tel 097 2327 234 Fax 097 2327 236 Rooms 131

A location right above a cliff top, on the edge of a coral island and opposite Salouga Island, ensures that the views from almost every room of the Sara are breathtaking. The hotel has an international flavour, with restaurants serving cuisine from China, Spain, Italy and Holland. Rooms are equipped to a four-star standard.

ASWAN Amon Tourist Village – Ile d’Amoun Hotel

Sahara City, Amon Island, Aswan Tel 097 2480 438 Fax 097 2480 440 Rooms 50

A lively tourist complex located on its own island, the Amon Tourist Village is run by Club Med and offers good packages for families and groups. It has its own boats to ferry guests to and from the island, and amenities include a disco and restaurants, along with a choice of pools and bars. Rooms are pleasantly furnished.

ASWAN Basma Swiss Inn

Sharia El Fanadek, Aswan Tel 097 2310 901 Fax 097 2310 907 Rooms 180

Perched on Aswan’s highest hill, the Basma Swiss Inn has one of the most panoramic views imaginable, encompassing both the city and the Nile. Its richly planted gardens revolve around a floodlit pool, while inside, the decor is classic and elegant. Rooms are well equipped, with private bathrooms. www.basmahotel.com

ASWAN Isis Hotel

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan Tel 097 2315 100 Fax 097 2315 500 Rooms 55

One of the best things about staying at the Isis is that you can step outside the front entrance and literally be beside the Nile. The hotel has a great location right on the river, in the centre of Aswan, and is a great base for exploring local sights. Rooms are pleasant, with good private bathrooms and air conditioning.

ASWAN Pyramisa Isis Resort

Isis Island, Aswan Tel 097 2317 400 Fax 097 2317 405 Rooms 258

The Pyramisa Isis Resort stands in what can only be described as an oasis – an island in the middle of the Nile. Its rooms are beautifully presented, most with a view of the river from a private balcony or terrace. The hotel itself features many amenities and facilities, including a health centre, sporting activities and a disco.

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ASWAN Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

Sharia Abdal El Tahrir, Aswan Tel 097 2316 000 Fax 097 2316 011 Rooms 131

A stay at this establishment will feel like taking a step back in time. Providing a backdrop for Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile, the hotel was built in the late 19th century and retains much of its historic character, albeit with a modern twist. Luxurious and lavish, it has a gourmet restaurant and a pool. www.sofitel.com

ASWAN Aswan Oberoi

Elephantine Island, Aswan Tel 097 2314 666 Fax 097 2313 538 Rooms 244

Situated on the lush, tropical Elephantine Island, with views down the Nile, the Aswan Oberoi is popular with both businesspeople and leisure travellers. It is instantly recognized by its tall tower. Amenities are luxurious and include a spa and solarium complex. Rooms are well presented, most with views of the Nile. www.oberoi.com.eg

ASWAN Elephantine Island Resort Aswan

Aswan Tel 097 2303 455 Fax 097 2313 538 Rooms 244

Refurbished in spring 2007, this waterfront hotel offers the variety of restaurants and sports amenities, such as tennis courts and pools, one would expect of a five-star establishment. Its air-conditioned rooms and suites have a luxury feel, and many have stunning views of the Nile. www.moevenpick-hotels.com

ASYUT YMCA

Sharia Salah ad-Din al-Ayyubi, Asyut Tel 088 323 218 Fax 088 313 118 Rooms 30

When checking into a YMCA establishment, one wouldn’t generally expect lots of frills, but this air-conditioned youth-style hotel in the very heart of Asyut is surprisingly comfortable and welcoming. Most of its rooms are carpeted and come complete with a private bathroom and television.

ASYUT Assiutel Hotel

Sharia al-Thawra, Asyut Tel 088 312 121 Fax 088 312 122 Rooms 28

Located right in the centre of Asyut, on the Corniche, this hotel offers excellent views from most of its rooms. The mid-range Assiutel is also a great base from which to explore the surrounding areas. Its amenities include a swimming pool around which pretty gardens have been created.

LUXOR Amon Al-Gezira Hotel

Bayarat Al-Gezira, West Bank, Luxor Tel 095 2310 912 Fax 095 2311 205 Rooms 12

This small budget hotel may not have many facilities, but it certainly makes up for it in personality. Family-run, it is welcoming and clean, and many of the rooms have private bathrooms. It is situated close to the ferry landing in the centre of the village, in its own luxuriant gardens. A roof terrace is ideal for relaxing between sightseeing trips.

LUXOR El Moustafa Hotel

Television Street, Luxor Tel 095 2374 721 Rooms 20

A traditionally styled hotel over several floors, the single-star El Moustafa offers pleasant rooms at competitive prices. Most have air conditioning and private bathrooms, and afford views over the streets of Luxor. The hotel is located on a quiet side street close to a main thoroughfare leading to the city centre.

LUXOR Happyland Hotel

Sharia al-Kamar, Luxor Tel 095 2371 828 Fax 095 2371 140 Rooms 24

The Happyland doesn’t pretend to be luxurious, but it is cheap, cheerful, clean and located within easy distance of Luxor city centre. It features air-conditioned rooms, which is a considerable bonus, especially in summer. The rooms are simply presented, with town views; only a few have private bathrooms. www.luxorhappyland.com

LUXOR Marsam Hotel

Al-Gurna, Luxor Tel 095 2372 403 Rooms 23

Situated on the West Bank and featuring superb views of Luxor, this recently renovated budget hotel offers rooms in its original mud-brick-style building, along with further sleeping quarters in a new modern wing. All are well presented and clean, but only a few have private bathroom facilities. The Marsam is within easy reach of the local sights.

LUXOR St Mina Hotel

Sharia Cleopatra, Luxor Tel 095 2375 409 Fax 095 2376 568 Rooms 20

A good base for a short or long stay in the Luxor area, the St Mina is an attractive little hotel that stands in a traditionally styled building close to the centre of town. It is family-run and the staff are welcoming and friendly, plus they keep the place spotlessly clean. Some rooms have their own bathrooms.

LUXOR Venus Hotel

Sharia Yussef Hassan, Luxor Tel 095 2372 625 or 095 2361 327 Rooms 21

The Venus is a hotel with few frills but one that impresses money-conscious travellers with its location, close to the city centre. Its rooms are surprisingly comfortable for a budget hotel, and most have their own private bathroom and air conditioning. The hotel also offers a rooftop bar and restaurant with a great atmosphere.

LUXOR Al-Gezira Hotel

Bayrate al-Gezira, Luxor Tel & Fax 095 2310 034 Rooms 11

This modernist, two-storey hotel may look unassuming from the outside, but step inside, and a tastefully decorated interior greets you. Rooms are comfortable, with private bathrooms and fans; some even have Nile views. The hotel is situated on the West Bank, and its rooftop restaurant and bar offer views of the river.

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LUXOR Flobater Hotel

Sharia Khaled Edn El Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2374 223 Fax 095 2370 618 Rooms 40

One of the best things about pre-booking a stay at the three-star Flobater is that you are guaranteed a room with a Nile view, which isn’t always the case with some mid-range establishments. The hotel, which is well located for the city centre, doesn’t have many amenities, but its pool and international restaurant are pleasant enough.

LUXOR Nur al-Gurna

Gurna Antiquities Inspectorate, Luxor Tel 095 2311 430 Rooms 9

The Nur al-Gurna is one of Luxor’s newest, and smallest, hotels, and it is distinguished by an intimate and modern feel. Its rooms are of a good standard and nicely decorated for a mid-range establishment; some have views of the Gurna Hills. Close by are Luxor’s major West Bank tourist attractions.

LUXOR Pharaoh’s Hotel

Bayarat, West Bank, Luxor Tel 095 2310 702 Fax 095 2311 205 Rooms 29

An unassuming façade belies the fact that this hotel has a classic interior and feels utterly welcoming. Its rooms are simply presented, but clean and air conditioned, while its little restaurant and garden bar offer a mix of international and Egyptian fare. The Gurna Hills can be seen from most viewpoints.

LUXOR Pharaon Hotel

New Karnak, Luxor Tel 095 2374 924 Fax 095 2376 477 Rooms 30

The Pharaon Hotel is a brand-new establishment set right on the Nile. Traditional in style and offering comfortable rooms with private bathrooms and air conditioning, it provides a quiet place to relax, while being within easy reach of the city centre. Its own restaurant specializes in traditional Egyptian cuisine.

LUXOR Phillippe Hotel

Sharia Dr Labib Habashy, Luxor Tel 095 2372 284 Fax 095 2380 050 Rooms 30

Visitors looking for a budget hotel that still offers pleasant accommodation combined with a central location close to the main attractions of Luxor could do much worse than the Phillippe Hotel. Rooms at this establishment have air conditioning and bathrooms, while the hotel itself has a restaurant, bar and a swimming pool.

LUXOR Emilio Hotel

Sharia Youssef Hassan, Luxor Tel 095 2373 570 Fax 095 2370 000 Rooms 48

Popular with tour groups, which is often a good sign, this hotel is modern and clean and offers a range of good amenities, including a rooftop swimming pool, European-style restaurants, a bar and a disco. Rooms are pleasantly decorated and comfortable. The Emilio is also located in the town centre, making it an ideal base for sightseeing.

LUXOR Gaddis Hotel

Sharia Khaled Ibn El Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2382 838 Fax 095 2382 837 Rooms 55

An international service combined with warm Egyptian hospitality and style is what is promised by the owners of this centrally located Luxor hotel. Offering good four-star amenities at a competitive rate, the Gaddis has attractively presented rooms complete with private bathrooms, satellite television and balconies. www.gaddishotel.com

LUXOR Hotel New Winter and Pavilion Palace

Corniche el-Nil, Luxor Rooms 237

With luxuriant gardens and poolside areas lavishly planted with tropical plants, this hotel feels like an oasis in the centre of Luxor. It offers elegant rooms and a touch of luxury at affordable prices. Amenities include pools, a coffee shop, restaurants and a beauty salon. Close to the attractions of Luxor.

LUXOR Sonesta St George Hotel

Corniche el-Nil, Luxor Tel 095 2382 575 Fax 095 2382 571 Rooms 224

A contemporary seven-storey building located in the centre of Luxor’s shopping district. Indeed, the shopaholic will be spoilt for choice, since even the hotel features a lobby shopping arcade specializing in jewellery and local crafts. The hotel and its rooms are all beautifully presented, with top-quality facilities. www.sonesta.com

LUXOR St Joseph Hotel

Sharia Khaled Ibn El Walid, Luxor Tel & Fax 095 2381 727 Rooms 75

Externally, the St Joseph is less than inspiring, but step inside and a characterful if modern decor will welcome you. This mid-price hotel is situated in one of the newer parts of Luxor, but within easy reach of the city centre. Rooms are well equipped and include private bathrooms, televisions and fridges.

LUXOR Windsor Hotel

Sharia Nefertiti, Luxor Tel 095 2375 547 Fax 095 2373 447 Rooms 120

The Windsor is a good bet if your budget permits a stay in a mid-range hotel. It is within easy reach of Luxor’s major tourist attractions and offers amenities such as a swimming pool, restaurant and fitness suite equipped to European standards. It is popular with tour groups, so be sure to book well in advance.

LUXOR Iberotel Luxor Hotel

Sharia Khaled Ibn El Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2380 925 Fax 095 2380 972 Rooms 185

Views of the Theban Hills, the West Bank and the Nile can be enjoyed from this hotel’s themed restaurants, bars and poolside area, not to mention from some of its contemporary rooms. A pretty hotel centred around its pool, the Iberotel Luxor is within walking distance from the Luxor Temple. www.iberotel.com

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LUXOR Mercure Inn Luxor Hotel

10 Temple Street, Luxor Tel 095 2373 321 Fax 095 2370 051 Rooms 89

An attractive hotel that provides leisure amenities, including a nightclub and swimming pool, along with fine food, especially Oriental cuisine, served in its themed restaurants. The Mercure Inn’s rooms are presented well and come complete with air conditioning, bathroom and satellite television. Most have views of the Nile. www.mercure.com

LUXOR Mövenpick Jolie Ville

Crocodile Island, Luxor Tel 095 2374 855 Fax 095 2374 936 Rooms 332

Surrounded by tropical fauna and flora, not to mention the River Nile, Crocodile Island is home to this attractive, elegant four-star hotel. Luxor city centre is a short drive away, and the hotel’s own free shuttle bus and boat provide the means to make the short hop to the mainland. Rooms are nicely furnished. www.movenpick-hotels.com

LUXOR Sol y Mar Tutotel Hotel

Sharia Khaled Ibn El Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2377 990 Fax 095 2372 671 Rooms 256

Modern-Egyptian in style, the Sol y Mar is built in such a fashion as to provide a different view of Luxor from every vantage point, including a spectacular view out over the West Bank. Rooms are well presented, with amenities that include a private bathroom, satellite television and minibar. www.solymar-hotels.com

LUXOR Luxor Hilton

Sharia Karnak, Luxor Tel 095 2374 933 Fax 095 2376 571 Rooms 261

Deep pockets may be required to stay at the Luxor Hilton, but its amenities and superb location close to the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor and the Valleys of the Kings and Queens justify the extravagant expense. Luxurious rooms, shops and restaurants are just some of the facilities on offer. www.hilton.com

LUXOR M/S Iberotel Crown Emperor

M/S Iberotel Crown Emperor Pier, Luxor Tel 02 3738 1125 Fax 02 3736 5305 Rooms 118

Sister to the Empress, the M/S Iberotel Crown Emperor takes passengers on a cruise along the Nile. On board, guests will find top-quality restaurants, bars and sleeping quarters. Cabins and suites come complete with a panoramic window to maximize on the river views and private bathroom facilities. www.iberotel-eg.com

LUXOR M/S Iberotel Crown Empress

M/S Iberotel Crown Empress Pier, Luxor Tel 02 3738 1125 Fax 02 3736 5305 Rooms 128

A floating hotel with a difference, the M/S Iberotel Crown Empress offers doubles, single and suites equipped to the highest standard and complete with individually controlled air conditioning. The cruise ship offers the chance to see the Temple of Luxor and Valley of the Kings from the Nile. www.iberotel-eg.com

LUXOR Pyramisa Isis Luxor

Sharia Khaled Ibn El Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2370 100 Fax 095 2372 923 Rooms 516

Located on the banks of the River Nile in around eight acres of landscaped gardens, this five-star hotel is within walking distance of the Luxor Temple and the city centre. Rooms are beautifully presented, with most affording superb views of the West Bank. Amenities include a restaurant serving international cuisine. [email protected]

LUXOR Sheraton Luxor

Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2374 544 Fax 095 2374 941 Rooms 290

Situated in one of Luxor’s main thoroughfares and close to the city’s major tourist attractions, the Sheraton Luxor offers a good location and high-quality amenities. Among them are sports facilities and a range of restaurants serving traditional European fare. Guest rooms are housed in neat chalets dotted among lush gardens.

LUXOR Sheraton Luxor Resort

Sharia Khaled Ben Walid, Awameya, Luxor Tel 095 2374 463 Fax 095 2374 941 Rooms 92

A complex of 14 chalets totalling 92 rooms is set within an extensive landscaped garden area. Numerous facilities include tennis courts, swimming pools and a range of water sports, a beauty salon and international restaurants. The resort is within walking distance of Luxor city centre.

LUXOR Sofitel Karnak Hotel

Sharia El Zeneya Qebly, Luxor Tel 095 2378 020 Fax 095 2378 021 Rooms 351

A landmark, five-star hotel located beside the River Nile on the north side of Luxor city centre, the Sofitel Karnak is close to the main attractions, including the Karnak Temple complex. Extensive amenities include tennis courts and a gymnasium. A shuttle bus to the airport is provided. www.sofitel.com

LUXOR Sofitel Winter Palace

Corniche el-Nil, Luxor Tel 095 2380 422 Fax 095 2384 087 Rooms 354

Staying at the Sofitel Winter Palace, a centrally located hotel in a predominantly 19th-century Victorian building, is a somewhat elegant affair. Its rooms, restaurants and facilities are decorated to the high standard expected of a five-star hotel, and they all ooze character and refinement. www.sofitel.com

MINYA The Palace Hotel

Midan Tahrir, Minya Tel 086 2364 071 Rooms 29

Amenities are few at this colonial-style establishment, but The Palace does offer the chance to stay in a hotel that is full of architectural character. Rooms are simple but offer views out over the landscape of Minya, making a stay here a pleasant, relaxing experience. There are some good restaurants nearby.

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MINYA The Akhenaten

Corniche el-Nil, Minya Tel 086 2365 927 Fax 086 2365 917 Rooms 48

The Akhenaten is set right in the centre of the attractive town of Minya and is a good place to stay to absorb the local atmosphere or venture further afield to see the sights. It is a compact hotel housed in a traditional building, but one that offers comfortable rooms, mostly with views of the Nile. [email protected]

MINYA Lotus Hotel

Sharia Port Said, Minya Tel 086 2324 500 Fax 086 2324 576 Rooms 175

A traditional hotel with simply furnished rooms that have two big advantages: air conditioning and television. The hotel’s restaurant is situated on the top floor of this high-rise building, and although its cuisine offers few frills, the views of Minya are outstanding.

MINYA Mercure Nefertiti and Aton Hotel

Corniche el-Nil, Minya Tel 086 2331 515 Fax 086 2326 467 Rooms 54

Located on the West Bank of the Nile, close to Beni Hasan, Tel El Amarna and the Coptic ancient monuments, this hotel provides a good sightseeing base. It offers a vast range of facilities for a mid- to high-range hotel, including a fitness suite, swimming pool and tennis courts, and international restaurants. www.accor.com

SOHAG Cazalovy

East Bank, Sohag Tel 093 4601 185 Fax 093 4601 170 Rooms 31

Sohag is a small town that offers the chance to experience what might be referred to as the true Egypt. The area has a handful of hotels, of which the Cazalovy is one of the most popular. A budget-style establishment, it has comfortable rooms and a restaurant that serves some great koshari.

SOHAG Merit Amoun Hotel

Madinet Naser, Sohag Tel 093 4601 985 Fax 093 4603 222 Rooms 28

Located on the East Bank and one of the larger hotels in the Sohag area, the Merit Amoun offers basic but nicely presented and clean air-conditioned rooms. The hotel also features a small restaurant – a good place to relax and eat genuine Egyptian cuisine.

SINAI AND THE RED SEA COAST

DAHAB Bishbishi Camp

Mashraba, Dahab Tel 069 3640 727 Rooms 40

Ideal for young travellers keen for the experience of living close to nature rather than having luxurious surroundings and lots of modern conveniences, Bishbishi Camp comprises a series of beachside bamboo huts equipped with only the bare essentials; some have ceiling fans to help ease the heat of the day. www.bishbishi.com

DAHAB Jasmine Pension

Mashraba, Dahab Tel 069 3640 852 Fax 069 3640 885 Rooms 17

The Jasmine Pension is an attractive alternative to the many camps that can be found in Dahab, and yet it is as affordable. The rooms are basic but comfortable, and equipped with their own bathrooms and fans. The complex’s own restaurant may not be luxurious, but it serves good, hearty food. www.jasminepension.com

DAHAB Club Red

Mashraba, Dahab Tel & Fax 069 3640 380 Rooms 134

The Club Red is a no-frills hotel that attracts youngsters because of its close proximity to the sea and to good diving facilities. Discounts are offered to divers. There are rooms available to share to keep costs down, while others come complete with fans and adjoining bathrooms. www.club-red.com

DAHAB Blue Beach Club

Lighthouse, Dahab Tel 069 3640 411 Fax 069 3640 413 Rooms 22

The attractive rooms that form the Blue Beach Club have great views of the surrounding neighbourhood of Asilah in one direction, and the beach in the other, along with facilities that include fans and fridges. A quiet hotel, it is ideal for couples looking for a relaxing base from which to explore the area. www.bluebeachclub.com

DAHAB Nesima Hotel

Mashraba Asilah, Dahab Tel 069 3640 320 Fax 069 3640 321 Rooms 51

The Nesima has one of the most popular diving centres in the Asilah area, and it is also known for its good traditional restaurant. Its rooms are well presented, with many featuring domed ceilings and sea views. Its pool overlooks the sea. The hotel is well equipped to accommodate people with disabilities. www.nesima-resort.com

DAHAB Hilton Resort

Dahab Bay, Dahab Tel 069 3640 310 Fax 069 3640 424 Rooms 163

The Hilton Resort is a landmark building in Dahab Bay. It is beautifully presented, with lush gardens and white-washed rooms that surround a lagoon-style swimming pool. The resort is situated right on the beachside, and offers some superb leisure amenities, including diving and windsurfing centres. www.hilton.com

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EL-GOUNA Hilton Aim Sukhna Resort

Ain Sukhna Road, Al-Gouna Tel 062 3290 500 Fax 065 3290 515 Rooms 41

A bustling resort that is popular with families as well as couples and younger travellers, the Hilton Aim Sukhna offers a selection of leisure amenities, such as a gym and pools, and some good eateries all set within luxuriant gardens. The resort is within easy reach of Cairo, making it a good place from which to sightsee.

EL-GOUNA Sheraton Miramar

Al-Gouna Resort Tel 065 3545 845 Fax 065 3545 885 Rooms 338

The award-winning Al-Gouna Resort, where this hotel is located, is a sprawling collection of villas and hotel apartments, including a few with private butler service. The Sheraton Miramar’s leisure amenities are plentiful and include a marina, restaurants, pools, diving and scuba facilities, spas and a golf course. www.sheraton.com

HURGHADA Four Seasons Hotel

Ad-Dahar, Hurghada Tel & Fax 065 3545 456 Rooms 14

A small, attractive hotel, the Four Seasons is within easy walking distance of the beach in the centre of the busy Ad-Dahar area of Hurghada. The beach of a neighbouring resort is available for guests’ use. All of the rooms have balconies, some with beach views, although not all have air conditioning.

HURGHADA El-Khan Hotel

Kafr al-Gouna, Hurghada Tel 065 3545 060 Fax 065 3545 061 Rooms 25

Set in the heart of an extensive resort and benefitting from its leisure amenities, which include spas, a golf course, swimming pools and watersports, this hotel is popular with families. It has an unusual Oriental theme, both inside and out, and the vaulted and domed rooms are attractively decorated.

HURGHADA Empire Hotel

Sharia Sayed Korayem, Hurghada Tel 065 3549 200 Fax 065 3549 212 Rooms 419

A large hotel built to a traditional style and conveniently located for the centre of Ad-Dahar. The Empire boasts many facilities, including its own swimming pool and gardens, and it is a relatively short walking distance from the beach. Ideal for families, but also for those who are keen to experience local life. www.empire-hotels.com

HURGHADA Jasmine Village Hotel

Hurghada Tel 065 4464 455 Fax 065 3446 441 Rooms 446

The Jasmine Village Hotel is more of a resort than a hotel. Its accommodation is provided in bungalows that are nicely presented and surrounded by leisure amenities. These include a pool, playground and even a zoo. A dive centre and a company running glass-bottomed boats are within the complex. [email protected]

HURGHADA Dawar al-Umda

Kafr al-Gouna, Hurghada Tel 065 3545 060 Rooms 64

If you are after an intimate, chic hotel, then the Dawar al-Umda could fit the bill. Boutique in style, with attractive Arabic-inspired interior design and architecture, it has an elegant feel. It also features its own fitness suite and pool. In addition, since it is located within a large resort, it benefits from numerous leisure facilities. www.elgouna.com

HURGHADA Iberotel Arabella

Al-Sakala, Hurghada Tel 065 3545 087 Fax 065 3545 090 Rooms 294

A lively hotel with bars, a restaurant and one of Hurghada’s most popular nightclubs, the Iberotel Arabella is ideal for anyone looking for an activity-packed stay. The town centre is within easy walking distance, and local shops, some good restaurants and tourist attractions are also close by. www.iberotelarabella.com

HURGHADA Sheraton Soma Bay Hotel

Soma Bay, Red Sea, Hurghada Tel 065 3545 845 Fax 065 3545 885 Rooms 310

A beautifully presented hotel right on the beachside south of Hurghada, the Sheraton Soma Bay looks like an Egyptian temple, and indeed its design was inspired by Luxor’s Karnak Temple. Extensive leisure facilities include a championship-standard golf course, a dive centre, spa and children’s playground. www.stanwoodhotels.com

HURGHADA Hilton Hurghada Plaza

Gabal El Hareem, Main Street, Hurghada Tel 065 3549 745 Fax 065 3547 597 Rooms 212

The Hilton Hurghada Plaza will appeal to those who are after an active experience. Renowned for its scuba diving and watersports, the hotel offers a seemingly endless array of leisure amenities. Whether your fancy is diving, swimming or volleyball, the facilities are there. An on-site restaurant offers international and Egyptian cuisine. www.hilton.com

HURGHADA Hurghada InterContinental Resort

Hurghada Tel 065 3446 911 Fax 065 3446 910 Rooms 244

A large and luxurious low-rise resort, the Hurghada InterContinental is set in extensive landscaped gardens that meander to the beach and the Red Sea. Its amenities include a casino, generally regarded as one of the best in the area, along with shops, a disco, tennis courts, a diving centre and other sporting facilities. www.interconti.com

HURGHADA Le Meridien Hotel

Safaga Road, Mikadi Bay, Hurghada Tel 065 3590 590 Fax 065 3590 595 Rooms 236

Located on a long stretch of sandy beach beside the Red Sea, this hotel offering five-star luxury is a natural choice for discerning travellers. Rooms are spacious, while the resort caters for guests of all ages, with facilities that include what is widely believed to be the largest swimming pool in the Middle East. www.lemeridien.com

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ISMAILIA Nefertari Hotel

Sharia Sultan Hussein, Ismailia Tel 064 3912 822 Fax 064 3910 940 Rooms 32

A small and attractively presented hotel, the Nefertari is located in the heart of Ismailia. It is ideal for exploring the surrounding area or as a base for venturing further afield to the Red Sea resorts. Air conditioning in the pleasant rooms offers relief from the heat, as do the refreshingly cool drinks served in the bar.

ISMAILIA Mercure Forsan Island

Gezirat al-Forsan, Ismailia Tel 064 3916 316 Fax 064 3918 043 Rooms 152

It would be hard to find a hotel that is quite so convenient as the Mercure Forsan Island. Situated in the heart of the city centre, close to attractions and yet enjoying the tranquillity of a private beach, it offers something for everyone. There are swimming pools, a restaurant, tennis court, watersports and garden lakeside walks. [email protected]

MARSA ALAM Red Sea Diving Safari

Shagra Village, Quseir Kosseir, Marsa Alam Tel 065 3380 021 Rooms 50

This environmental village is made up of huts and tents with shared bathrooms, and chalets with private bathrooms. It offers an outstanding diving programme and a range of leisure amenities. The complex is situated alongside the beach and opposite the famous Elphinstone Reef, a magnet for divers. www.redsea-divingsafari.com

MARSA ALAM Shams Alam

Marsa Alam Tel & Fax 02 4170 046 Rooms 159

Shams Alam offers the chance to get away from it all, literally. This coastal resort is surrounded by open countryside, with little commercialism to be seen. On-site facilities include squash courts and table tennis, along with a swimming pool and restaurants. Rooms are housed in traditional vaulted buildings. www.shamshotel.com

NUWEIBA Basata

Ras al-Burqa, Nuweiba Tel 069 3500 481 Rooms 26

An extremely popular hotel and camp site, Basata lies around 22 km (14 miles) north of Nuweiba. Guests reside in mud and bamboo huts, an essential part of the owner’s policy on eco-friendliness. The huts are located on the beach, a few steps from the sea. The hotel features its own kitchen and bakery. There are also a few chalets.

NUWEIBA La Sirene

Beach Road, Nuweiba Tel 069 3500 701 Fax 069 3500 702 Rooms 45

La Sirene is the centrepiece of a resort set right on the beach at Nuweiba, halfway between the port and the city. It is a compact hotel that is pleasingly presented and well located for local amenities. As such, it is extremely popular. Its facilities are few and far between, but they do include diving.

NUWEIBA Hilton Coral Resort

Nuweiba City Tel 069 3520 320 Fax 069 3520 327 Rooms 200

This resort is located amid quiet beachside gardens and is famed for its tranquillity and beauty. It has lots of amenities, including diving, and tennis and squash courts. Other activities – such as kayaking, windsurfing and even swimming with dolphins – are all within walking distance. www.hilton.com

PORT SAFAGA Holiday Inn Resort Safaga Palace

Safaga, Red Sea Tel 065 3260 100 Fax 065 3260 105 Rooms 327

Situated on a long stretch of beach in a bay known for its excellent windsurfing, and with various water- and ball sports on site, this hotel is an activity enthusiast’s delight. In addition, it offers good value for money, has well-presented rooms, live entertainment, restaurants and a fitness suite. www.ichotelsgroup.com

PORT SAID Hotel de la Poste

Sharia al-Gumhuriyya, Port Said Tel 066 3224 048 Fax 066 3221 473 Rooms 44

Entering the Hotel de la Poste is a little like stepping back in time. Although renovated, this elegant hotel retains much of its 1940s architecture. All rooms have private bathrooms and fans. Apart from a small restaurant, bar and a pâtisserie, it has few amenities, but its location in the heart of the city more than makes up for this.

PORT SAID Sonesta Port Said

Sultan Hussein Street, Port Said Tel 066 3325 511 Fax 066 3324 825 Rooms 110

The Sonesta is a seemingly sprawling hotel set in lush gardens close to the centre of Port Said. It is popular with businesspeople and provides a good range of leisure amenities, such as a pool that overlooks the Suez Canal, a fitness centre, shopping arcade, bars and restaurants. www.sonestaportsaid.com

QUSEIR Quseir-Sirena Beach Mövenpick

El Quadim Bay, Quseir Tel 065 3432 100 Fax 065 3332 129 Rooms 250

This elegant hotel provides the perfect base for travelling the short distance into Quseir or the 125 km (78 miles) to Hurghada, and yet offers the chance of a relaxing break in a quiet resort beside the Red Sea. The rooms are beautifully presented, while leisure amenities include squash, a gym, tennis and diving. www.movenpick-quseir.com.eg

RAS SUDR Moon Beach Resort

Ras Sudr, South Sinai Tel 062 4015 001 Rooms 50

If a quiet, “get away from it all” break is required, then the Moon Beach Resort is perfect. Some 20 km (12 miles) from the nearest town, surrounded only by sand dunes and the clear blue Red Sea waters, it is wonderfully relaxing and therefore popular, especially with Egyptian families. The rooms are located inside domed huts.

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SHARM EL-SHEIKH Shark’s Bay Camp

Shark’s Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3600 942 Fax 069 3600 944 Rooms 96

One of the most frequently visited camps in Sharm el-Sheikh and popular with local families. Shark’s Bay Camp sits on the beach in an isolated location, and has its own reef and diving centre, as well as a programme of safari and desert activities. Rooms are either bamboo huts or chalets, only the latter with air conditioning. www.sharksbay.net

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Amar Sina

Ras Um Sid, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 062 3662 222 Fax 062 3662 233 Rooms 91

The Amar Sina complex is designed and built to resemble a traditional white-washed Egyptian village, with architectural features like domes and arches. It has facilities such as a bar, shops, its own fitness centre and restaurants radiating from a central area. Rooms are pleasant, comfortable and air conditioned.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Camel Hotel

Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3600 700 Fax 069 3600 601 Rooms 38

Pretty and compact, the Camel has gained a reputation for providing not only top-class diving facilities, but also great cuisine in its award-winning restaurants. The hotel, which is located in Naama Bay and minutes from Sharm el-Sheikh, is renowned for its extensive facilities for disabled guests. www.cameldive.com

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Sanafir Hotel

Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3600 197 Fax 069 3600 196 Rooms 50

The Sanafir is best known for being the venue for one of Naama Bay’s most popular nightclubs – the hotel comes alive after dark, and as such, it is ideal for travellers looking for nightly entertainment. It has a good choice of bars and restaurants too. The hotel’s air-conditioned rooms are well presented. www.sanafirhotel.com

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Ritz-Carlton Resort

Om El Seed Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3661 919 Fax 069 3661 920 Rooms 321

Oozing luxury, this five-star hotel sits in beautifully landscaped gardens where cascading waterfalls combine with subtly lit pools and shrubbery. Its rooms are equally well presented, while on-site facilities include everything from fine international dining to superb golf, watersports and family activities. www.ritzcarlton.com

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Sofitel Sharm el-Sheikh

Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3600 081 Fax 069 3600 085 Rooms 302

Perched high on the coastline next to the beach, this hotel offers what has to be the best panoramic view of Naama Bay. Amenities are in abundance and include a Turkish bathhouse complex, archery facilities, an ice-cream parlour and numerous restaurants. Guest rooms are attractive, and most have sea views. www.sofitel.com

ST CATHERINE St Catherine Guest House

St Catherine’s Monastery, St Catherine City Tel & Fax 069 3470 353 Rooms 40

Although a little lacking in luxuries, the Auberge St Catherine more than makes up for it in atmosphere. Set against a stunning countryside backdrop at the foot of Mount Sinai and right next to the St Catherine’s Monastery, the hotel remains a firm favourite with travellers looking for a relaxing, “away from it all” establishment.

ST CATHERINE Morgenland Village

Dar Elm Shefa Street, St Catherine City Tel 02 7956 856 or 069 3470 700 Fax 069 3470 331 Rooms 200

Newly refurbished and upgraded, Morgenland Village offers attractive rooms in the main building and a series of chalets in the grounds. Facilities on site include restaurants and a pool, plus a traditional shopping centre where one of the shops sells a selection of medicinal herbs from Sinai.

SUEZ Red Sea Hotel

El Riad Street, Port Tswfik, Suez Tel 062 3334 302 Fax 062 3334 301 Rooms 75

To some extent, the Red Sea Hotel has cornered the market in the Suez area – it is certainly one of the best hotels in which to stay. It is also known for its sixth-floor restaurant, which not only serves some fine international and Egyptian dishes and wine, but offers a truly great view over the Suez Canal.

TABA Tobya Boutique Hotel

Km 2, Taba International Road, Taba Tel 069 3530 274 or 069 3530 275 Fax 069 3530 269 Rooms 100

A boutique hotel in every sense of the word. Tobya features outstanding architecture in a prime location, and it offers highly personalized service, distinctive decor and great value. With its superb collection of attractive lamps, rugs and furniture, the hotel evokes a strong, almost museum-like atmosphere. www.tobyaboutiquehotel.com

TABA Marriott Taba Heights Beach Resort

Taba and Nuweiba Highway, Taba Tel 069 3580 100 Fax 069 3580 109 Rooms 394

This is one of many luxury hotels on the extensive Taba Heights development. The Marriott’s amenities are complemented by the resort’s marina, an 18-hole golf course, a casino, a safari programme and top-class spas. The hotel restaurants cater for every taste from Japanese sushi and Indian dishes to European. www.marriott.com

ZAAFARANA Windsor Zaafarana

Coast Road, Zaafarana Tel 02 4145 602 Fax 02 4199 999 Rooms 160

This stylish hotel is suitable for both active travellers, who will enjoy the range of watersports available at the beach, and those who prefer sightseeing, with the historical areas and monuments nearby. It is close to the St Paul and St Anthony monasteries, which attract many visitors to this part of Egypt. Rooms are air conditioned.

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THE DELTA AND THE NORTH COAST

ALEXANDRIA Acropole Hotel

Midan Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria Tel 03 4805 980 Rooms 33

The modest Acropole has few amenities, but it is housed in a fabulous Art Deco-style building with high ceilings and a touch of elegance – and all within easy reach of the beach and the bustling centre of Alexandria. Most of its rooms have balconies with sea or town views.

ALEXANDRIA Union Hotel

164 Sharia 26th, Alexandria Tel 03 4807 312 Fax 03 4807 350 Rooms 40

A mere ten-minute walk from Midan Saad Zaghloul, a must on the sightseeing agenda, this popular budget hotel is a good base to explore the city of Alexandria. The Art Deco-style building is full of character, while the rooms are comfortable and clean; most have private bathrooms and a balcony.

ALEXANDRIA Le Crillon Hotel

5 Sharia Adib Ishaq, Alexandria Tel 03 4800 330 Rooms 36

Housed in a grand period building, Le Crillon Hotel doesn’t pretend to be luxurious, but it is well presented and spotless. As such, it is hugely popular, and booking in advance is recommended. Many of the rooms have private bathroom facilities, and some have French doors and balconies with views out over the harbour.

ALEXANDRIA San Giovanni Hotel

205 Al Gueish Avenue, Stanley, Alexandria Tel 03 5467 775 or 03 5467 774 Fax 03 5464 408 Rooms 32

The mid-range San Giovanni must have one of the best panoramic views in Alexandria – over the beaches of Stanley. Housed in a beautifully restored and lavish landmark building, the hotel stands in luxuriant gardens. It has air-conditioned rooms, and its amenities include a bar and several restaurants. www.sangiovanni.com

ALEXANDRIA Aida Beach Hotel

Alexandria-Matrouh Road, Alexandria Tel 03 4102 819 Fax 03 4102 818 Rooms 62

A popular resort-style hotel with villas set within extensive grounds. Each villa features a separate dining room and lounge. The hotel is located to the west of Alexandria and beside the Mediterranean sea. On-site amenities include tennis courts, a swimming pool and various watersports, along with a children’s club.

ALEXANDRIA Intercontinental Metropole Alexandria Hotel

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria Tel 03 4861 465 Fax 03 4862 040 Rooms 66

If a sea view isn’t a necessity, but good, clean accommodation with friendly staff is, then the recently renovated Intercontinental Metropole is ideal. It is situated on a busy thoroughfare that is great for absorbing the local atmosphere. The poet Constantine Cavafy is said to have stayed and worked here. www.interconti.com

ALEXANDRIA Mercure Alexandria Romance

303 Tareek El Gueish, Saba Pasha, Alexandria Tel 03 5880 911 Fax 03 5880 526 Rooms 81

In a modern and tastefully decorated high-rise building, this hotel stands proudly on the ridge of the upmarket Saba Pasha district, between Alexandria city centre and the Montazah Palace. Rooms are air conditioned and equipped with satellite television, while hotel facilities include a swimming pool. www.accorhotels.com

ALEXANDRIA Renaissance Alexandria

544 El Geish Avenue, Sidi Bishr, Alexandria Tel 03 5490 935 Rooms 158

Popular with business people, the Renaissance has above-average and well-presented amenities. These include fine restaurants, a gym and valet service. The hotel is located in the Corniche at Sidi Bishr, overlooking the Mediterranean, and it is ideal as a base from which to explore and sightsee. www.renaissance-htl.com.eg

ALEXANDRIA Sofitel Alex Cecil Hotel

Sharia 26th July, Saad Zaghloul Square, Alexandria Tel 03 4837 173 Fax 03 4836 401 Rooms 86

Popular with corporate guests and tourists alike, this hotel housed in a colonial-style building is located close to the harbour, in the heart of the business district. The beach is just a few kilometres away. On-site facilities include a gym and sauna, international restaurants and a lively nightclub. [email protected]

ALEXANDRIA El-Salamlek Hotel

Montazah Palace, Alexandria Tel 03 5477 999 Fax 03 5473 585 Rooms 20

Staying at the El-Salamlek will be a memorable experience, not least because the hotel is housed in a former palace. Built by HH Khedive Abbas Helmi II in 1892 as a hunting lodge, and later remodelled to become a refined hotel, it stands on a hill overlooking Montazah Bay and the sea. Luxury is guaranteed. www.sangiovanni.com

ALEXANDRIA Helnan Palentine Hotel

Montazah Palace, Alexandria Tel 03 5473 500 Fax 03 5473 378 Rooms 231

This hotel has royal connections – not only does it overlook Montazah Royal Beach, it is surrounded by the gardens of the Montazah Palace, the summer home of the late King Farouk. A host of sports and leisure facilities is offered, along with luxurious rooms and relaxation areas. www.helnan.com

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ALEXANDRIA Sheraton Montazah Hotel

Sharia Corniche, Montazah, Alexandria Tel 03 5480 550 Fax 03 5401 331 Rooms 285

The Sheraton Montazah stands at the end of a long stretch of beach in its own gardens. In addition to the luxurious decor, guests will also enjoy the good location: less than 1 km from the Montazah Palace and gardens; around 7 km (4 miles) from the Royal Jewellery Museum; and close to the airport. www.sharaton.com

DAMIETTA El Mina Hotel

38 Sharia 59th, Ras el-Bar, Damietta Tel 057 3529 290 Fax 057 3526 490 Rooms 36

A small, attractive, traditionally styled hotel located right on the beach at Ras el-Bar, at the mouth of the Nile. Its comfortable rooms have private bathrooms, televisions and balconies with great views to the sea. Amenities include restaurants that serve Egyptian, seafood and European cuisine. www.geocities.com

MARSA MATROUH Reem Hotel

Sharia El Corniche, Marsa Matrouh Tel 046 4933 605 Fax 046 4933 608 Rooms 59

This hotel may not have many frills, but it is welcoming and the staff friendly. It is also situated right on the waterfront and close to the centre of Marsa Matrouh, making it a good base for sightseeing, coastal walks or visiting nearby resorts. Its compact restaurant offers a good choice of local and European fare.

MARSA MATROUH Rommel House Hotel

Sharia Galaa, Marsa Matrouh Tel 046 4935 466 Fax 046 4933 193 Rooms 60

The Rommel House is a small mid-range hotel in the centre of town. It offers pleasingly presented rooms with private bathroom facilities, televisions and fridges. While there is no restaurant as such, the staff are pleased to include breakfast in the price. They are also available to dispense advice for touring the area.

MARSA MATROUH Santa Monica

Marsa Matrouh Tel 046 6748 275 Fax 046 6748 276 Rooms 252

With a series of pretty private villas surrounding its swimming pool and a children’s pool among the facilities offered, the Santa Monica resort is especially popular with Egyptian families and tour groups. It lies on a sandy beach overlooking the sea, and has its own restaurant and Oriental-style café bar.

MARSA MATROUH Beau Site Hotel

Sharia El Shatee, Marsa Matrouh Tel 046 4934 012 Fax 046 4933 319 Rooms 170

One of the most popular resort-style hotels in Marsa Matrouh, this modern, purpose-designed establishment nestles around its own private beach. It is a favourite of Egyptian families as well as foreign visitors. Air conditioned, it has pleasingly presented rooms with private bathrooms. www.beausite.masr.com

TANTA New Arafa Hotel

Station Square, First Tanta, Tanta Tel 040 3405 040 Fax 040 3405 041 Rooms 62

A mid-range, white-washed establishment that tends to dominate Station Square, the New Arafa Hotel is well known locally and hugely popular, especially during the great Moulid of Sayed Ahmed al-Badawi festival in October, when it gets booked up quickly. Air conditioned and modern, it has a delightful restaurant.

THE WESTERN DESERT

BAHARIYYA Alpenblick Hotel

Bahariyya Oasis, Bawiti Tel 010 4419 934 Rooms 22

The oasis location of this hotel is like a magnet to travellers. The Alpenblick promotes a leisurely way of life, full of long evenings spent enjoying its traditional and hearty food and engaging in conversation with fellow guests. Rooms are simple, but most have good private bathrooms and the luxury of hot water.

BAHARIYYA Safari Camp

Bahariyya Oasis, Bawiti Tel 010 8471 414 Fax 010 8472 090 Rooms 20

The Safari Camp comes as a bit of a surprise. Many of its rooms are beautifully presented, with domes adding to the character, while others have great views around their oasis setting. Most have private bathrooms. The camp, a favourite with travellers, has its own restaurant serving traditional dishes. [email protected]

BAHARIYYA Al-Beshmo Lodge

Bahariyya Oasis, Bawiti Tel 02 8472 177 Rooms 25

To really get away from it all, you might want to book a stay at the Al-Beshmo Lodge. It is beautifully located beside the palm-fringed Al-Beshmo Springs at the Bahariyya Oasis, and offers an atmosphere of complete relaxation. Its rooms are comfortable and clean, with most featuring en-suite bathrooms and air conditioning.

DAKHLA Bedouin Camp

Sharia Mut al-Qasr, Dakhla Tel 092 7850 480 Rooms 21

Be prepared to relax and unwind in simple but delightful surroundings if staying at the Bedouin Camp. Its rooms are basic but comfortable, while its restaurant is housed in a tent, and diners sit on carpets and cushions on the floor. Hearty food is served. The Bedouin Camp is in an isolated location close to Mut.

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DAKHLA Gardens Hotel

Dakhla Oasis, Mut, Dakhla Tel 088 7821 577 Rooms 12

Situated just off the main street through the Dakhla Oasis, the Gardens Hotel is in a small but attractive building of traditional architecture. It stands in pleasant tropical gardens and includes a restaurant serving light meals and a terrace area that provides the perfect place to relax. The rooms are simple, and some have en-suite bathrooms.

DAKHLA Mebarez Hotel

Dakla Oasis, Mut, Dakla Tel 088 7821 524 Rooms 33

A relatively new and modern establishment, the Mebarez Hotel is popular with tour groups and individual travellers. It is situated on the main road to Al-Qasr and ideal for exploring the area. Rooms are comfortable, and many have air conditioning and private bathrooms. A restaurant serving Egyptian cuisine adds to its charm.

DAKHLA Mut Talata

Dakla Oasis, Mut, Dakla Tel 088 7821 530 Rooms 11

The progressive Mut Talata complex opened only a couple of years ago. It offers a choice of tents, chalets or a room inside the villa around which the complex is based. It has its own swimming pool created from a nearby hot spring, and its own restaurant, too.

EL KHARGA El Kharga Oasis

El Kharga Oasis, El Wadi El Guedid, El Kharga Tel 092 7921 500 Fax 092 7924 940 Rooms 30

A modern hotel, the El Kharga Oasis is a landmark building rising from the sand dune-surrounded oasis in which it stands. The staff are friendly and pride themselves on the lavishness of the well-kept tropical gardens filled with palm trees and native flowers. Rooms are simple and air conditioned.

EL KHARGA Pioneers Hotel

El Kharga Oasis, El Wadi El Guedid, El Kharga Tel 092 7927 982 Fax 092 7927 986 Rooms 102

A stay at the Pioneers Hotel will feel a little like being on a film set – it is traditionally decorated in pure Egyptian style and stands surrounded by palm trees amid the sand dunes of the desert. The hotel lies minutes from the Hibis Temple and the Al-Bagawat Necropolis, both of which are must-visit sights on the tourist agenda.

QASR AL-FARAFRA Al-Badawiyya Safari and Hotel

Qasr Al-Farafra Tel 092 3458 524 Rooms 30

The Al-Badawiyya Safari and Hotel sounds grand. It is, in fact, a traditional mud-brick-constructed hotel – although you wouldn’t guess it from its tasteful interior. Rooms are spacious and comfortable, and some have private bathrooms, while its restaurant is one of the best in this small village and serves good food.

SIWA Alexander Hotel

Main Street, Siwa Tel 046 4602 081 Rooms 17

A compact hotel and one of the most recently opened in Siwa, the Alexander has a growing base of returning guests. It offers clean rooms with fans, some with private bathroom facilities. The hotel staff are especially proud of its Alexander the Great restaurant and delight in showing the roof terrace.

SIWA Arous al-Waha Hotel

Siwa Oasis, Siwa Tel 046 4602 100 Rooms 20

The picturesque setting in the Siwa Oasis is more inspiring than the architecture of the small Arous al-Waha, but nonetheless this hotel has its own charm as you step inside. The rooms are nicely presented, clean and with private bathrooms – plus there are fans to help with the heat. Its cafeteria-style eaterie serves local delicacies.

SIWA Palm Trees Hotel

Siwa Oasis, Siwa Tel 046 4602 304 Rooms 26

Situated just off the main street in the Siwa Oasis, this attractive little budget hotel stands in beautifully landscaped and tropical gardens. Its staff are friendly and always on hand to help organize excursions into the desert or further afield, but its amenities are few and in need of an update.

SIWA Shali Lodge

Siwa Oasis, Siwa Tel 046 4602 399 Fax 046 4601 799 Rooms 8

One of Siwa’s hidden treasures. If you are planning a stay here, be aware that booking is essential due to the hotel’s small size and popularity. The Shali Lodge has just eight rooms, all beautifully presented. They sit around a palm-fringed pool and are just minutes away from the hotel’s own restaurant, where the chef delights in banter.

SIWA Siwa Safari Paradise Hotel

Sharia Ein El Arais, Siwa Tel 046 4602 289 Fax 046 4602 290 Rooms 74

Set in a delightful garden environment and close to the centre of Siwa and its amenities, the Siwa Safari Paradise is popular with travellers and families alike. It resembles a small resort in style, and its pretty bungalows all feature air conditioning, televisions and en-suite bathrooms.

SIWA Adrere Amellal

Sidi Jaafar, Maraki Village, Siwa Tel 046 4601 299 Fax 046 4601 223 Rooms 35

One of Egypt’s first eco projects, the Adrere Amellal features traditional-style architecture and amenities that include its own spring-water supply. Its swimming pool is created out of the natural rocks that surround the spring. Its small restaurant has a tasty menu produced from organically grown produce.

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RESTAURANTS AND BARS

Staff at central

Cairo’s Café Riche

The interior of L’Aubergine, a vegetarian restaurant in Zamalek

Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel

restaurant, Aswan

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OPENING HOURS

PRICES AND PAYING

BOOKING

A Cairo juice bar, offering a variety of freshly squeezed fruit juices

CHILDREN

ETIQUETTE

Selection of snacks available from an

Egyptian fast-food outlet

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HYGIENE

DISABLED CUSTOMERS

VEGETARIAN FOOD

Stall in Aswan selling deep-fried fava bean and herb patties, known as taamiyya

FAST-FOOD OUTLETS

Cairo’s Café Riche – a reminder of Egypt’s

colonial café scene

A starter of blue-cheese salad with

baguette at a Cairo restaurant

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ENTERTAINMENT

RAMADAN

L’Aubergine restaurant in Zamalek, offering a mainly vegetarian menu

Restaurant housed in what was once a Nile cruise ship on Zamalek

Fish restaurant sign

in Abu Qir

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Melokiyah

MEAT, POULTRY & GAME

FISH & SEAFOOD

Spices sit alongside coloured dyes

on a market stall

EGYPTIAN DISHES AND SPECIALITIES

Chickpeas

(garbanzos)

OlivesFalafel

Some of the many dishes that make up typical Egyptian mezzes

Fuul

Stuffed vine leaves

Hummus

Fresh figs

Babaghanoush AishEgyptian salad

Sabanikhiyat

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Goods piled high in palm-leaf baskets at a village grocer’s shop

VEGETABLES & FRUIT

DAIRY PRODUCE

Waiter bringing a tray of mint teas

at a Cairo café

WHAT TO DRINK

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CAIRO

CAIRO Abou Tarek

Sharia Cosmopolitan, Cairo Tel 02 5761 911 or 02 5775 935 Map 1 C4, 5 C2

Serving Egyptian and international cuisine, including a great koshari, a dish of pasta, rice, lentils and tomatoes with crispy onions, Abou Tarek is a renowned and well-liked eaterie. It is easily spotted, too, since the lovely old downtown Cairo building is decorated in bright reds and yellows, making it something of a landmark.

CAIRO Alfi Bey

3 Sharia Al-Alfi, Sharia Mohammed Alfy, Cairo Tel 02 5571 888 Map 2 D4, 5 C2

Alfi Bey is well located for Cairo city centre and a great place to stop for a light lunch in between sightseeing excursions. It serves Egyptian food cooked to traditional recipes, along with salads and starters; your meal comes complete with a moderately priced bill. No alcohol is served, but there is a good choice of other beverages.

CAIRO Koshari Goha

Sharia Emad ad-Din, Cairo Map 2 D4, 6 D2

Koshari Goha is housed in what was probably the former home of an eminent member of Cairo’s society: the building features superb neo-Baroque plasterwork on its high ceilings and exudes a feeling of grandeur. A good and varied vegetarian menu is on offer, along with traditional Egyptian and international meat dishes.

CAIRO Koshari Gomhourya

Sharia al-Azhar, Midan Hussein, Cairo Map 2 F5

Eating at Koshari Gomhourya, in the Islamic area of Cairo, is something of an experience. Traditionally decorated, with few frills and sawdust on the floor, the place is endearingly rustic. The food, however, is fresh and wholesome, with Egyptian specialities such as koshari, taamiyya and bamiyya offered with aish, a type of bread.

CAIRO Koshari Hilton

Midan Tahrir, Cairo Map 1 C5, 5 B4

Visitors could be forgiven for thinking that this delightful little koshari shop had an affinity with the nearby Nile Hilton Hotel, after which it is named. However, this restaurant is privately owned and run by its friendly host. The food here is excellent and comprises mainly quick, inexpensive Egyptian meat and vegetarian dishes and snacks.

CAIRO Abu Bassem Grill

2 Al-Gahini Alley, Midan Hussein, Cairo Tel 02 5937 935 Map 2 F5

One of Cairo’s best-kept secrets and a popular haunt of locals, Abu Bassem Grill serves some of the best kebabs and mezes in the Midan Hussein area. Weather permitting, it is possible to eat alfresco. Diners who decide to stay inside, however, can gaze at the restaurant’s medieval surroundings, which are outstanding.

CAIRO Aly Hasan Al-Haty & Aly Abdou

Midan Halim Pasha, Cairo Tel 02 5916 055 Map 2 D4, 6 D2

Housed in an elegant, high-ceilinged colonial-style property in a busy area of the city, this restaurant has a long history of being the natural choice for Cairo’s elite – in its heyday, it was the haunt of movie stars and politicians. Nowadays, it is frequented by business people and tourists keen to sample its selection of meat and kebab dishes.

CAIRO Andrea

Sharia Abu al-Fida, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7370 523 Map 1 A2

A tastefully decorated restaurant in one of Cairo’s upmarket areas, Andrea is popular with both locals and visitors thanks to its good meat and vegetarian menu. Located on the waterfront, it boasts a terrace that offers panoramic views of the Imbaba and Rod Al Farag districts, as well as the old bridge that connects them.

CAIRO An’Nil Restaurant

Sharia al-Bustan, Cairo Tel 02 3540 042 Map 1 C5, 5 B3

Popular with the residents of this downtown Cairo neighbourhood, around the Bab al-Louq market district, An’Nil is a welcoming, friendly place to dine. Its extensive menu features a range of traditional dishes. The restaurant, however, is mostly famed for its good selection of fresh seafood, which is sold by the weight.

PRICE CATEGORIES (IN EGYPTIAN

POUNDS – EGP)

For a three-course meal for one,

including coffee, tax and service.

Under 30 EGP

30–50 EGP

50–100 EGP

100–150 EGP

Over 150 EGP

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CAIRO Ar-Rifai

Midan Sayyida Zeinab, Cairo Map 4 D2

Dining on tasty traditional Egyptian dishes, with the odd international-inspired offering thrown in, and watching the world go by is what makes Ar-Rifai a special kind of eaterie. Diners don’t sit indoors – rather, a series of tables is laid out in the street outside, in the alleyway just off Midan Sayyida Zeinab, at the top of Sharia al-Barrani.

CAIRO Café Ole

Midan Tahrir, Cairo Tel 02 5780 444 Map 1 C5, 5 B4

Located within the Hilton Cairo Nile hotel and overlooking the bustling Midan Tahrir, one of the main tourist areas of the city, Café Ole is usually crowded with breakfast and lunchtime customers. It serves a good selection of international and local light meals and snacks, along with a delicious array of pastries.

CAIRO Café Riche

17 Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo Tel 02 3918 873 Map 1 C5, 5 C3

A lively downtown restaurant and café serving traditional Egyptian and international cuisine, Café Riche is popular with both locals and tourists. With lots of atmosphere, this historic eaterie has portraits of some of its best customers, including a few Egyptian film and stage stars, adorning its richly coloured walls.

CAIRO Didos Al-Dente

Sharia Bahgat Ali, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7359 117 Map 1 A2

This modern and bright restaurant offers an extensive and varied menu of international dishes. Didos Al-Dente is especially renowned for its pasta creations, which wouldn’t be out of place in a top Italian eaterie. It is situated in one of the main thoroughfares of this upmarket Cairo district, close to tourist attractions and a market.

CAIRO Egyptian Pancake House

Midan Hussein, Cairo Map 2 F5

If you are after pancakes – or fateers, the Egyptian equivalent made of pastry and served with chicken, fish or other meats, or fruit and honey as a filling – then the Egyptian Pancake House will satisfy your appetite. Located just off Midan Hussein, this place is easy to find and well worth seeking out.

CAIRO Fatari Pizza Tahir

Sharia at-Tahrir, Cairo Tel 02 7953 596 Map 1 C5, 5 B4

Visitors to this 24-hour downtown eaterie could be forgiven for thinking that it serves Italian pizzas. In fact, Fatari Pizza Tahir serves fateers, which are more like pancakes and thoroughly enjoyable. Toppings include various cheeses, meats and fish. Sweet versions with honey and fruit are also available.

CAIRO Felfel Restaurant

9 Sharia Mohammed Farid, Cairo Map 4 D1, 6 D5

Felfel is situated at Al-Nasariyya, in the Sayyida Zeinab district of Cairo, and is usually bustling with happy tourists looking for a snack. Although rather unassuming in appearance, the Egyptian and European-style food is fresh, wholesome and quickly served, making Felfel a good stop between sightseeing excursions.

CAIRO The Greek Club

Sharia Qasr el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 5750 759 Map 1 C5, 5 C3

The Greek Club, or Le Club Hellenique, is a great place to dine on traditional European dishes, especially in the summer months, when everyone moves outside on to the terrace area to eat alfresco. Colder evenings are spent in the colonial-style dining hall, which also oozes charm. This eaterie has its own bar and a wide-ranging wine list.

CAIRO Jo Sushi

47 Sharia Mohammed Mazhar, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7357 746 Map 1 A2

One of the favourite haunts for the local community. This busy, successful restaurant is a great little place serving authentic Japanese and Chinese dishes at outstandingly good prices. The decor is a little plain, but the atmosphere and free starters more than make up for it.

CAIRO Maison Thomas

157 Sharia 26th July, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7357 057 Map 1 A2

Maison Thomas is widely regarded as the place to go for European-style sandwiches, light snacks, takeaways and Italian pizzas. Being located in the heart of the Zamalek district, close to many of Cairo’s major tourist attractions, it makes a good stopping-off point for a quick bite between sightseeing tours. It is open round the clock.

CAIRO Sangria

Corniche el-Nil (opposite the World Trade Center), Garden City, Cairo Tel 02 5796 511 Map 1 B2

Elegant dining in an intimate atmosphere is available at Sangria, a restaurant that is perfect for special celebrations and romantic evenings. ln addition to stunning views of the Nile, Sangria offers diners a wide range of cuisines: Japanese, Chinese, Lebanese, Italian, French and many more. Make sure you leave room for the divine desserts.

CAIRO Angus

Sharia Yehia Ibrahim, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7351 865 Map 1 A2

A cosy restaurant situated within the intimate and relaxing New Star Hotel, the Angus is an Argentine-themed steakhouse. As is to be expected, the extensive menu features mainly red-meat dishes served with an assortment of fries and salads, although there are also a few non-steak alternatives.

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CAIRO Asia House

Helnan Shepeard Hotel, Corniche el-Nil, Garden City, Cairo Tel 02 3553 800 Map 3 B1, 5 A5

Asia House could be an ideal choice if you are planning a memorable meal for a special occasion. Housed in a great hall, it serves authentic and high-quality Chinese and Indian cuisine; indeed, a chef from each country oversees the kitchen to ensure that quality and authenticity are maintained. It is open for lunch and dinner.

CAIRO Cinzano

Sharia Amerika al-Latineya, Garden City, Cairo Tel 02 7925 261 Map 3 B1, 5 A5

Venturing down the steps to a Mediterranean-style cellar and catching your first glimpse of Cinzano is a remarkable experience. This is a thoroughly modern eaterie that works surprisingly well with its rustic surroundings. Young, trendy people eat Italian pasta dishes and drink fine wines at beautifully set tables.

CAIRO Estoril

Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo Tel 02 5743 102 Map 1 C5, 5 B3

Located in downtown Cairo, away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, this much-frequented Franco-Levantine restaurant renowned for its good food is a great place to dine at a relaxed pace. The menu features a good range of vegetarian dishes and mezes, including numerous local delicacies.

CAIRO Felfela

15 Sharia Hoda Shaarawi, Cairo Tel 02 3922 751 or 02 3922 833 (take-away) Map 1 C5, 5 C3

A cosy restaurant in downtown Cairo, Felfela has a true European flavour. Its staff speak good English, and its menu of chicken, meat, fish and vegetarian dishes is clearly designed to attract the tourists. However, the place is renowned for serving good-quality food at good prices. Don’t miss one of the delicious, if extravagant, desserts.

CAIRO Five Bells

13 Sharia Ismail Mohammed, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7358 980 Map 1 A2

The menu at Five Bells has a tempting selection of classic French and Mediterranean dishes; none disappoints. Diners can choose to eat in the tastefully designed dining hall or, on warmer days and evenings, outside in the restaurant’s own garden. A fine wine list completes the superior experience.

CAIRO Ha Na

21 Sharia Aziz Abaza, Midan Sidki, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7382 972 Map 1 A2

Ha Na serves authentic Korean cuisine, including some vegetarian and meat dishes cooked over hot coals at your table. The restaurant’s wine list includes a range of varieties that perfectly suit the style of food. This lower-level Oriental-themed eaterie is generally softly lit, which gives it an intimate atmosphere.

CAIRO Harry’s Pub

Cairo Marriott Hotel, Sharia Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek Tel 02 7358 888 Map 1 A2

Harry’s Pub is a popular restaurant-bar attracting mainly English tourists nostalgic for some familiar dishes. Its extensive menu offers roasts, cottage pie, and steak and kidney puddings, all served with lashings of gravy; there’s also a wine list to complete the meal. Sports fans can enjoy matches on the big-screen televisions.

CAIRO Il Piccolo Mondo

Le Pacha 1901, moored off Sharia Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7356 730 Map 1 A2

An interesting venue because of its location and ambience, Il Piccolo Mondo is part of a complex of restaurants on a boat moored off this central Zamalek thoroughfare. Parking is provided. This elegant eaterie serves traditional and classic Italian cuisine with complementing wines. It also features a great salad buffet.

CAIRO Khan Al-Khalili Restaurant and Café

5 Al-Badistan, Cairo Tel 02 5932 262 Map 2 F5

Managed by the Oberoi Hotel group, the über-slick Khan Al-Khalili offers traditional Egyptian dishes in dramatic surroundings that have been created to resemble an Eastern salon. It is mostly frequented by tour groups and tourists who have been tipped off by their holiday companies.

CAIRO Kowloon

Sharia al-Bustan, Cairo Tel 02 5759 831 Map 1 C5, 5 B3

Dining at Kowloon is a memorable experience, not least because of the large illuminated fish tank that dominates the dining area. The food is also wonderful though, and inspired by the best Chinese and Korean standards of cuisine. A well-selected wine list complements the food perfectly. Kowloon is situated within the Cleopatra Hotel.

CAIRO La Babila

20 Sharia al-Rieadh, Cairo Tel 02 3055 832 Map 1 B3

The lavish fabrics and soft furnishings that decorate this modern Turkish restaurant are so richly coloured, they resemble shining jewels and precious stones. La Babila offers a menu of Turkish and Oriental dishes to tempt its diners. It is located in Al Mohandesn, a district of Cairo just off the Sharia Shihab.

CAIRO La Baguite

15 Sharia Mohammed Hassanain Hekel, Cairo Tel 02 2709 813 Map 2 D4, 5 C2

An extensive list of Syrian and Oriental dishes is offered at this takeaway restaurant behind Al Gama’a Al Omaleya, in Cairo’s Nasr City. Also on the menu is a good selection of Kuwaiti and Gulf desserts. La Baguite is a well-established source of good food to eat out, and its atmosphere, aided by Oriental drawings, is utterly welcoming.

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CAIRO La Bodega

157 Sharia 26th July, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7356 761 Map 1 A2

La Bodega is located in one of Zamalek’s landmark buildings, the fabulously historic Art Deco-styled Baehler Mansions. Lively, fun and considered trendy among Cairo’s younger, wealthy residents, it also provides a great romantic experience for visiting couples. The menu has an international flavour, and there is a lengthy wine list.

CAIRO L’Aubergine

Sharia Sayed al-Bakry, off Sharia Hassan Sabry, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7380 080 Map 1 A2

Serving an extensive range of vegetarian dishes, along with traditional Egyptian and international cuisine (some of it aimed at meat-eaters), L’Aubergine is frequented by discerning locals, arty types, businesspeople and tourists. The food is creatively presented, and its location close to the city centre makes it popular.

CAIRO Le Grillon

8 Sharia Qasr el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 5743 114 Map 1 C4, 5 C3

A delightful Arabic-inspired garden with shrubs and vines surrounds the dining area, making a meal at Le Grillon a special experience. The restaurant serves classic French and European cuisine, along with traditional Egyptian fare. The emphasis is on refined, freshly prepared dishes, which makes it popular with diners in the know.

CAIRO Le Steak

Le Pacha, moored off Sharia Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7356 730 Map 1 A2

This floating restaurant moored in an upmarket area of Cairo allows you to experience the delights of sitting on a boat on the Nile, enjoying outstanding panoramic views of the area, fine wines and a menu of steaks and Middle Eastern specialities. Le Steak is always popular, and a smart dress code is in place.

CAIRO Paprika

1129 Corniche el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 5789 447 Map 1 B4, 5 A2

Egyptian and international fare – such as top-quality mezes, koshari and stuffed vegetables, steaks, French classics and Italian pasta dishes – is served at this popular restaurant, along with a fine wine list. Paprika is located in the Maspero area of Cairo, close to the Arab Television Building, and therefore easy to find.

CAIRO Roy’s Country Kitchen

Sharia Saray al-Gezira, Zamalek, Cairo Tel 02 7358 888 Map 1 A2

With no pretence to being luxurious, this fun and lively US-style eaterie serves abundant and hearty portions of Tex-Mex and southwestern American food. Its seemingly endless buffet breakfast will set you up for the day, although lunch and dinner menus are offered, too. Roy’s Country Kitchen is located inside the Cairo Marriott Hotel.

CAIRO Sax

3 Midan Orabi, Cairo Tel 02 5787 630 Map 2 D4, 5 C2

In the Al-Tawfeqeya area of downtown Cairo, this Oriental-themed restaurant is especially popular with tourists, since it is located close to many hotels. Local residents, however, enjoy Sax’s food too, and can often be seen dining here. Sax tends to specialize in fish and seafood options, although a good vegetarian menu is available. Open late.

CAIRO Ciao Italia!

Sheraton al-Gezira, Cairo Tel 02 7361 555 Map 3 A1

Located within the Sheraton al-Gezira hotel, on the southern tip of Gezira, beside the Nile, this restaurant comes complete with a red, white and green decor and offers arguably the most authentic Italian cuisine in the city. The chefs all come from Italy, as does the fresh produce. Small and intimate, Ciao Italia! is an elegant, yet fun, eaterie.

CAIRO Elbeet Beetak

3 Sharia Bin Katheer, Corniche el-Nil, Cairo Tel 02 3389 993 Map 3 B5, 1 B5, 5 A5

Lebanese and Oriental dishes are served at Elbeet Beetak. The restaurant, situated just behind the Saudi Embassy, is easy to find and well known for hosting special events and parties; it often features singers from the Arab Gulf states to entertain its diners. Food is delicious and served with creative flair.

CAIRO The Fish Market

Sharia Saray al-Gezira, Cairo Tel 02 7374 833 Map 1 B3

The Fish Market is a something of a landmark restaurant located on a boat moored in front of the Cairo Marriott Hotel, in the upmarket Zamalek area. It offers international and Egyptian cuisine, along with a wonderful selection of fresh fish. A good wine list and a dessert trolley help complete the superlative experience.

CAIRO Lan Yuan

84 Sharia 9th, Cairo Tel 02 3782 702 Map 3 B5, 1 B5, 5 A5

Lan Yuan was built in 1993 and has a clean, modern feel. The attractive Chinese decor and soft background music create the scene for the sumptuous Oriental cuisine on offer. Both the menu and the wine list are extensive. The restaurant is located in the Maadi area of Cairo, within easy reach by taxi if staying in one of the downtown hotels.

CAIRO Maharaja Restaurant

1115 Corniche el-Nil, Maspiro, Cairo Tel 02 5744 400

Located within the Hilton Hotel Ramses, in the centre of Cairo, and open to non-residents, the Maharaja serves exquisite Indian dishes straight from the kitchen’s tandoori oven. Known for its curries and tandoori banquets, the restaurant is decorated with brightly coloured fabrics and silks.

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CAIRO Romeo and Juliet

1 Alexandria Road, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3838 444

Informal yet elegant, Romeo and Juliet is every inch a Mediterranean eaterie, its decor and menu beautifully capturing the essence of southern Europe. The restaurant, located within the Sofitel Le Sphinx Cairo hotel, beside the Pyramids, serves various pasta dishes, buffet-style salads and pizzas, along with a wide selection of desserts.

CAIRO Schatz

55 Sharia Al Shahid Abdel-Moneim Hafez, Cairo Tel 02 2903 170 Map 3 B1, 5 A5

Located in the Nasr City area of Cairo, and within easy reach of the local attractions, this Italian restaurant is a popular haunt for visitors. It serves dishes straight from the recipe books of Italy, including, of course, pizzas and pastas. There is also a good vegetarian selection, although no wine list.

CAIRO Alexandria Restaurant

1 Alexandria Road, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3838 444

Located within the Sofitel Le Sphinx Cairo hotel, the elegant Alexandria is situated in parklands at the foot of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, providing excellent views of these sights. It serves buffet and à la carte international dishes, along with a selection of Egyptian specialities. The cellar holds a large range of wines from all over the world.

CAIRO Boss

17 Sharia 257, Cairo Tel 02 5164 231 Map 3 B5, 1 B5, 5 A5

A wide choice of Korean-only food is served at this restaurant, which is in the Maadi area of Cairo, a 15 minutes’ taxi ride from the city centre. Boss has an American-style decor, is clean and modern and run by the enthusiastic Mr Choi, who offers wireless Internet connection for diners. It has two bars and regularly hosts karaoke nights.

CAIRO Tropicana Garden

Midan Tehrir, Cairo Tel 02 5780 444 Map 1 C5, 5 B4

The Tropicana Garden is within the Hilton Cairo Nile hotel, which is set beside the river and close to all the major attractions. This bright and lively eaterie serves traditional Egyptian specialities, such as koshari and mezes, along with more international fare, such as steaks, grills and pasta dishes. It offers sumptuous desserts and a good wine list.

CAIRO Windows on the World Restaurant

1115 Corniche el-Nil, Maspiro, Cairo Tel 02 5744 400

Ask anyone where the Windows on the World Restaurant is, and they will tell you it is on the 36th floor of the Hilton Hotel Ramses in Corniche el-Nil – it is that well known. Affording a great view of the Pyramids and the city, it serves top-quality Mediterranean cuisine accompanied by fine wines – all in an elegant environment.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Abu Haidar

15 Sharia Ibrahim al-Laqqani, Heliopolis

If you adore freshly squeezed mango juice and meat burgers straight off the grill, then a lunchtime stop at Abu Haidar could be the order of the day. Located on a busy thoroughfare in the Roxy area of historic Heliopolis, this streetside grill specializes in all manner of steaks, fish and traditional grilled Egyptian cuisine.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Al-Kods

52 Sharia Haroun al-Rashid, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 6323 467

This small and characterful eaterie is something of an institution in the Heliopolis area, especially since it has been run in the same manner for well over 40 years. Local residents and tourists alike visit it time and again. Much of the food is homemade, and its hummus, fuul, aish bread and falafel, along with its desserts, are really tasty and filling.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Koshari Hind

Sharia Thawra, Heliopolis, Cairo

Located near the Midan Korba and a few minutes’ walk from the Baron’s Palace, one of Heliopolis’s major landmarks, Koshari Hind is well known for its excellent koshari – a mix of pasta, rice, lentils and tomato sauce, all topped off with crispy fried onions and served with aish bread. It is open late.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Tut Express

1 Sharia al-Saad al-Aali, Doqqi, Cairo Tel 02 3350 915

Tourists the world over frequent fast-food establishments, and no city would be complete without one. The Tut Express is just such a place, and a jolly good one at that. It serves traditional Egyptian take-away foods, such as shawarma and aish bread, along with a few more international-themed foods. It is well known for its range of juices.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Al-Amoudi

4 Sharia Zamzam, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 7499 694

If Yemeni food is a passion, or if you don’t mind experimenting with flavours that are not often found in western restaurants, then Al-Amoudi should provide a good destination for lunch or dinner. Renowned as one of the best Yemeni restaurants in Cairo, it is styled in a traditional fashion.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Andrea’s

4–5 Sharia Saqqara, Al-Maryutiya, Cairo Tel 02 3810 205

One of a small chain of restaurants that is well respected throughout the area, Andrea’s serves good Egyptian and European dishes, including a varied range of vegetarian specialities. Its wine list is carefully selected to complement the menu. Diners may choose to eat inside or in the shadows of its garden dining area.

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GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Ataturk

20 Sharia al-Riyadh, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 3475 135

A restaurant serving an extensive menu of traditional dishes from Turkey, Ataturk is usually buzzing with diners. Its mezes are especially popular: as a seemingly never-ending succession of dishes arrives at your table, you begin to wonder how long the meal will go on for. Mezes can comprise up to 20 dishes. No alcohol is served. Open late.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS At-Tekkia

12 Midan Ibn al-Walid, Doqqi, Cairo Tel 02 7496 673

Conveniently located in the centre of Doqqi, near the shooting club, and specializing in good, home-cooked Egyptian food, this air-conditioned restaurant is a good bet to experience local cuisine. The dishes are well presented, the atmosphere is welcoming, and the staff are helpful and friendly.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Americana Fish Market

26 Sharia El-Nil, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 5709 693

Ideally located for a light lunch or evening meal following a sightseeing trip around the Pyramids, the Americana Fish Market is lively, has a colourful decor and serves a vast array of fish and seafood cooked to traditional Egyptian recipes. Prices won’t break the bank, and the restaurant is open until late.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS The Cairo Jazz Club

197 Sharia 26th July, Agouza, Cairo Tel 02 3459 939

The Cairo Jazz Club, near the Midan Sphinx, has earned a name for being “the” place to hear good, live jazz. This well-deserved reputation means the place is always buzzing with locals, as well as with tourists looking for a good evening’s entertainment. The menu is Egyptian with a modern twist, and there is a good wine selection, too.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Le Chantilly

11 Sharia Baghdad, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2907 303

The name Chantilly suggests a restaurant oozing French chic. Indeed, although it serves dishes from all around Europe, this restaurant’s menu would not look out of place in a Parisian brasserie. Breakfasts are continental, with fresh breads and croissants made in its adjoining bakery. The decor resembles a Swiss chalet. There’s outside dining, too.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Chopsticks

23b Sharia Syria, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 3048 568

Chopsticks, as its name implies, is a lively, colourful restaurant serving some of the finest Chinese and Malaysian dishes in Cairo. Authentic specialities from Singapore are also on the menu. With prices that are competitive and a good wine list, the restaurant is popular with local residents, businesspeople and tourists alike.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Hot Bite

132 Sharia Othman bin Affan, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 2907 030

Built in the early 1990s, this popular fast-food eaterie serves some great sandwiches, which are made fresh on the premises and contain such fillings as seafood, chicken and other meats, along with salads and sauces. The decor is bright and colourful in true Egyptian style, and there’s a large area outside to enjoy eating alfresco in the summer.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Jaitta

120 Sharia al-Thawra, Heliopolis, Cairo Tel 02 4152 326

Jaitta is one of the best Lebanese restaurants in Heliopolis, its speciality being a delicious version of kofta, a traditional dish of minced meat fashioned into balls and cooked in juices with herbs and spices. Be sure to try a water pipe, too. The restaurant has a traditional decor and is a good place to meet friends.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Kandahar

Sharia Gamaat al-Dawal al-Arabiyya, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 3030 615

One of the best-established restaurants in Cairo, located just off the Midan Sphinx, Kandahar has a cosy, traditional ambience, which makes it a popular place. It serves a good selection of Far Eastern food, especially Indian dishes, which can be hot or moderate, according to the diner’s request.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Le Tabasco

8 Midan Amman, Mohandiseen, Cairo Tel 02 3365 583

Ask anyone where Le Tabasco is, and chances are they will have been there themselves – if they are of a certain age. Widely regarded as the coolest nightspot in town, it is frequented by Cairo’s young and trendy, along with visitors to the city. The menu includes well-prepared Mediterranean dishes such as crêpes and pasta.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Moghul Room

Sharia al-Ahram, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 3833 222

Located within the 19th-century former hunting lodge that is now the Mena House Hotel, this ornately decorated restaurant has been designed to resemble a Moghul house. Its menu comprises good Indian food served in generous portions. Live music adds to the atmosphere and helps to make Moghul Room one of Cairo’s most popular places.

GIZA AND HELIOPOLIS Swiss Restaurant

El Nasr Building, Sharia Nile, Giza, Cairo Tel 02 7610 165

The Swiss Restaurant is one of three similar eateries in and around Cairo, each offering a wonderful choice of breakfast, lunch and evening dishes that might have delighted generations of Swiss residents. There’s also a vegetarian menu, along with a good wine list. The pretty decor is Swiss-inspired. A good place to relax.

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AROUND CAIRO

FAYOUM Queen Hotel

Sharia Lotfaliah Hassan, Fayoum Tel 084 346 819

Located within the Queen Hotel and close to the centre of Fayoum, this restaurant is a good place to enjoy a leisurely dining experience, either at lunchtime or during the evening. The varied menu includes local delicacies, such as the fruits and vegetables for which Fayoum is famed, as well as international dishes such as grilled chicken.

FAYOUM Auberge du Lac-Fayoum

Lake Qarun, Fayoum Tel 084 572 001

Set right on the edge of Lake Qarun and featuring a relaxing atmosphere, the Auberge du Lac-Fayoum is an elegant, sophisticated restaurant serving top-notch food. It is housed in a building that was once King Farouk’s hunting lodge, and you can admire the wildfowl species that frequent Fayoum’s salt lakes as you enjoy your lunch.

THE NILE VALLEY

ASWAN Hamam

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan

Hamam has no pretences of grandeur, but it does serve some exceptionally good and wholesome meals round the clock. Located in the very heart of Aswan and open 24 hours a day, it’s one of those places that always seem to be buzzing with activity. It specializes in roasted meats, and every dish is served with rice.

ASWAN Sayida Nafisa

Sharia al-Souq, Aswan

Amid the hustle and bustle of the marketplace off the Sharia al-Souq, in the centre of town, is this tiny, unassuming restaurant. The fact that this place is always bursting at the seams with locals as well as tourists speaks volumes about its authenticity. Sayida Nafisa serves a menu of pure Egyptian fare and mouth-watering fruit juices.

ASWAN Al-Masry

Sharia al-Matar, Aswan Tel 097 302 576

This air-conditioned restaurant is a veritable breath of fresh air when the sun is at its hottest, offering a welcoming place to linger over a light lunch or an evening meal. Al-Masry serves a wide and varied selection of Egyptian and European cuisine, including grilled chicken and fish. Its dessert trolley is utterly tempting.

ASWAN Aswan Moon

Felucca Quay, Aswan

Located right on the waterfront in a lively area of Aswan that is an easy walk from the centre of town, Aswan Moon provides a glorious setting for a truly memorable meal. Top-quality Egyptian and European cuisine is served here, including a good choice of vegetarian dishes.

ASWAN Aswan Panorama

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan Tel 097 306 169

Aswan Panorama caters for alfresco dining enthusiasts, with a lavishly planted garden and a pretty outside eating area, although the interior is also pleasantly decorated. Situated on the riverside, the restaurant offers hearty meat and fish grills and classic Egyptian delicacies such as koshari and tagines, along with vegetarian dishes.

ASWAN Darwish

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Aswan

Centrally located and within easy reach of Aswan’s attractions, this beautifully presented restaurant offers a seemingly endless menu of typically Egyptian starters, mains and desserts. Darwish is renowned for its meat dishes, but significantly more so for the fresh fish that has come straight from the waters of Lake Nasser.

ASWAN Emy

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan

Emy is where the locals head when they have a celebration in the family or just want a special meal. A floating restaurant moored conveniently for the centre of town, it has wonderful views of Lake Nasser and Elephantine Island. Grilled fish is one of its most popular offerings, and the menu boasts a good selection of quality Egyptian cuisine.

ASWAN Medina

Sharia al-Souq, Aswan

A trip to the marketplace is a must during a visit to Aswan, but the hustle and bustle can become tiring in the heat, and the need for refreshment inevitable. Medina, a cosy little restaurant just opposite the landmark Cleopatra Hotel, has a good selection of juices and beverages, along with light Egyptian meals.

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ASWAN Mona Lisa

Corniche el-Nil, Aswan

A classically elegant restaurant along the riverside, Mona Lisa offers a good and varied menu of Italian pasta dishes, as well as Egyptian delicacies such as mezes. It is frequented by locals, businesspeople and travellers, and the mixed clientele gives it a convivial atmosphere. Look out for the view of Elephantine Island, especially at sunset.

ASWAN Nabian Restaurant

Essa Island, Aswan

Hop on the free ferry from the dock opposite the Egypt Air office and take a memorable trip across the water to the tiny Essa Island to eat at the Nabian Restaurant – it will be worth the effort! Serving good international and Egyptian food, and offering live entertainment most nights, Nabian is a popular eaterie that attracts tourists.

ASWAN The Terrace Bar & Restaurant

Sharia Abdul El Tehrir, Aswan Tel 097 2316 000

Located within the Sofitel Old Cataract Hotel, a wonderful 19th-century colonial establishment that featured in Agatha Christie’s novel Death on the Nile, The Terrace Bar & Restaurant is a luxurious venue overlooking the river, and the ideal place for an elegant meal. The cuisine has an international flavour, and there is a good wine list.

ASYUT Akhnaton Restaurant

Akhnaton Hotel, Asyut Tel 088 337 723

A varied menu of international dishes (pizzas, steaks and chicken, salads) with prices that won’t break the bank is on offer at Akhnaton. Located within the eponymous hotel, this is a popular restaurant, especially in the evenings. Centrally located, it is frequented by travellers en route from the Western Desert across the Sahara.

EDFU New Egypt Restaurant

Midan Maabad, Edfu

Edfu, a small farming town on the West Bank of the Nile, has few eateries, and New Egypt Restaurant is probably the best option for lunch or dinner. Its menu is not necessarily adventurous, with grilled meats, chicken, rice dishes, stews and vegetables being the staples, but the food is cooked well and is remarkably tasty.

KOM OMBO Venus Cafeteria & Restaurant

Close to the Temple of Kom Ombo

The picturesque setting of this restaurant – alongside the Nile, on the main route to the great Temple of Kom Ombo – makes it a popular choice for visitors to this small agricultural town, but then, there are few alternatives. Venus’s selection is fairly basic and not dissimilar to fast food, but eveything is home-cooked and plentiful.

LUXOR Abu Hagger

Sharia Abdel Moneim al-Adasi, Luxor Tel 095 2376 306

This popular air-conditioned restaurant in the centre of Luxor offers a vast range of beautifully cooked and presented Egyptian and international dishes. Among the favourites are its kebabs, mezes and stuffed vegetables. Housed in an ornate building and oozing atmosphere, Abu Hagger is especially busy in the evenings and into the night.

LUXOR Khased Khear Restaurant

Sharia al-Mahatta, Luxor

If you are after authentic, freshly cooked beef and lamb kebabs, then Khased Khear is the place for you. This eaterie may be small, but the divine smells emanating from the grill make it easier to bear the cramped conditions. Close to the railway station, it is a good stopping-off point if you have just arrived or are about to depart from the city.

LUXOR Mensa

Sharia al-Mahatta, Luxor

Located near the train station, Mensa is a frenetic little place. The simple decor might not inspire you to linger over a meal. However, the food is fresh, piping hot and very tasty. Specialities of the house include roasted chicken, which is a safe bet, and spicy stuffed pigeon if you’re feeling a little more adventurous.

LUXOR Sultana Restaurant

Sharia Television, Luxor

Sultana will literally come as a breath of fresh air as you enter – its air conditioning provides a welcome respite from the stifling heat of Luxor. A brightly coloured decor and friendly staff add to the welcoming feel of the place. On the menu you will find snacks, sandwiches and Italian pizzas.

LUXOR Al-Gezira

Bayrate al-Gezira, Luxor Tel 095 2310 034

A restaurant located on the rooftop of one of Luxor’s most popular small hotels, Al-Gezira offers the chance to enjoy a fine meal while gazing across the waters of the Nile to the heady skyscape of Luxor lit up at night, making it a perfect addition to any holiday in Egypt. The menu is essentially Egyptian, with a few European flavours thrown in.

LUXOR Al-Houda Restaurant

Sharia Television, Luxor

If you are looking for a traditional restaurant serving good, honest Egyptian specialities, then a visit to Al-Houda should prove a winner. This air-conditioned restaurant also serves a good variety of Mediterranean-inspired dishes and lots of fruit juices, all at very reasonable prices.

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LUXOR Amoun Restaurant

Sharia Karnak, Luxor

Amoun couldn’t be better placed for a quick bite – it is close to the main attractions of Luxor and right in the tourist bazaar. Traditional, if a little uninspiring, in decor, it serves great Mediterranean cuisine, including meat and chicken dishes cooked with herbs, along with kebabs.

LUXOR King’s Head Pub

Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Luxor

English tourists keen to catch up on the latest news from home tend to head for the King’s Head Pub. Here they can also top up their intake of traditional British dishes like roast with all the trimmings and steak and kidney pie, along with sandwiches, soups and snacks. It even has its own billiards table and dartboards.

LUXOR Marhaba

Sharia Karnak, Luxor

Dining alfresco at this rooftop restaurant is a truly memorable experience, not least because the views of the Luxor, the temples and the Nile are breathtaking. A good selection of food is offered to vegetarian diners, while meat and fish lovers will be spoilt for choice with a vast range of Egyptian and Mediterranean delicacies.

LUXOR Tutankhamun Restaurant

West Bank, Luxor

This restaurant is lavishly decorated to a classic Egyptian style, but perhaps its most talked-about asset is its location – literally on the river Nile. If you are lucky, you may even be able to sit at a table on the bank. Food is wonderfully prepared and presented, and tailored to suit the regal environment.

LUXOR Anubis

Corniche el-Nil, Luxor

After a visit to the Museum of Mummification, one of the top tourist attractions in Luxor, one could simply step outside, go next door and be sitting at a table in this restaurant in no time at all. Right on the riverside, Anubis offers a tourist-friendly approach to Egyptian cuisine. Mezes are among the most popular dishes.

LUXOR Class

Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2376 327

As its name suggests, Class is a relatively upmarket restaurant that offers convivial surroundings, a great location in the centre of Luxor and a friendly welcome. The food is based on pan-European cuisine complemented by a few Egyptian delicacies. A good range of wines is available to accompany your meal.

LUXOR Côte Jardin

Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2380 925

This elegant French-inspired restaurant serves good-quality buffet-style pan-European dishes. Côte Jardin is the main restaurant of the Iberotel Luxor Hotel. It has an amazing view out over the Theban Hills and the Nile to the West Bank from both the dining hall and its terrace.

LUXOR The Mandarin

Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Luxor Tel 095 2380 925

Located within the Iberotel Luxor Hotel and overlooking the Nile and Luxor’s West Bank, The Mandarin is an elegant Oriental-themed eaterie – the ideal place for an intimate dinner for two. It serves a good range of Chinese and Japanese dishes from its set and à la carte menus, including soups, sushi and desserts.

LUXOR Summer Night

Corniche el-Nil, Luxor Tel 095 2380 422

Set within the lush garden of the Sofitel Winter Palace Hotel, the Oriental-designed Summer Night comes into view from behind shrubs – like a mirage. Step inside, and the ambience is relaxing and the staff helpful. The menu offers a wide choice of Oriental cuisine, with matching wines.

SINAI AND THE RED SEA COAST

AL-ARISH Maxim

Beachside, Sharia Fouad Zakry, Al-Arish

This restaurant is open only in the summer months, where it can usually be found thronging with discerning diners. It is located right on the beach and serves a wide range of top-class international and Egyptian dishes, including a selection of vegetarian delicacies. Maxim promises a memorable experience of dining amid palm trees.

DAHAB Nirvana Indian Restaurant

Lighthouse, Dahab Tel 016 1046 061

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, this restaurant offers a mouth-watering selection of traditional Indian dishes. The food is prepared and cooked using only the finest imported spices and the freshest ingredients. Food and drinks are served on the restaurant patio or on the beach.

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DAHAB INMO Divers Home Restaurant

Al-Mashraba, Dahab Tel 069 3640 370

Located right on the beach at Dahab, this restaurant forms part of the INMO Divers Resort and is built to the same architectural style as the main building – that is, with lots of arches and domes. It serves good Oriental, vegetarian and international cuisine, with its speciality being Egyptian buffets and drinks such as sahlab.

DAHAB Nesima Restaurant

Mashraba, Dahab Tel 069 3640 320

Nesima is a cosy and intimate restaurant within the Nesima Hotel, which is renowned for its excellent diving centre. The à la carte menu features a range of international dishes, along with Egyptian specialities such as koshari, followed by traditional desserts. A rooftop bar completes the dining experience.

HURGHADA Al Dente

Hurghada Intercontinental Resort, Hurghada Tel 065 3446 911

Located within the Hurghada Intercontinental Resort complex, this stylish restaurant offers the chance to enjoy traditional Italian cuisine using ingredients fresh from Italy. Tuscan delicacies, as well as pasta dishes, are a speciality. The restaurant has a refined, elegant decor.

HURGHADA Portofino Restaurant

Sharia General Hospital, El Dahar, Hurghada Tel 065 3546 250

An award-winning restaurant recommended by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and local businesses, Portofino is a slick operation. Its staff, and especially its owner, speak around nine languages and cater for an international clientele. Cuisine is predominantly classic Italian and seafood.

HURGHADA El Sol/The Catch

Holiday Inn Hurghada Resort, Corniche Road, Hurghada Tel 065 3445 080

El Sol and The Catch are two “sister” restaurants located in the Holiday Inn Hurghada Resort complex. They serve a varied selection of dishes. El Sol offers daily changing menus of classic international cuisine, while The Catch specializes in seafood. Both enjoy a great location at the beachside resort.

HURGHADA Red Sea 1

Off Sharia Tariq Nasr, Ad-Dahar Tel 065 3547 704

If seafood is your passion, then the traditionally styled Red Sea 1 is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. It is a popular, lively restaurant that can get crowded at peak times, especially if you decide to venture out on to its rooftop terrace for drinks. Traditional Egyptian dishes are also served.

ISMAILIA King Edward Restaurant

171 Sharia at-Tahir Street, Ismailia Tel 064 3369 611

Specialities at the King Edward include classic Egyptian-style fish, seafood and hearty meat dishes, with the chicken being especially renowned. However, this means that it might be difficult for vegetarians to find a dish to suit their taste here. Pizzas are also served. The restaurant’s decor is pleasant and traditional.

NAAMA BAY Kokai

Ghazala Hotel, Naama Bay, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3600 150

This elegant grill room offers superbly flavoured renditions of the finest dishes in Polynesian and Chinese cuisine. Try the duck, the spring rolls and any of the variations on the rice. If you arrive early (around 6.30pm), you can also enjoy the experience of the teppan-yaki grill at your table.

NUWEIBA Blue Blue

Hilton Coral Resort, Nuweiba City Tel 062 3520 320

Blue Blue is a bright, modern restaurant that overlooks the extensive beachside gardens of the Hilton Coral Resort. It is an ideal dining destination, both during the day and in the evening, when lighting shines on the pools and the luxuriant shrubs and palm trees. Cuisine is largely international and served buffet-style.

NUWEIBA Leserena Restaurant

Nuweiba Resort, Nuweiba City Tel 069 3500 402

The Leserena Restaurant has an enviable view out over the Nuweiba Resort’s beachside gardens and pool area. The cuisine is largely Egyptian, compounded by a selection of classic international staples such as pizzas and pasta dishes, salads and vegetarian choices. There is also an abundance of desserts and fresh fruit.

PORT SAFAGA Al-Fayrouz

Holiday Inn Safaga Palace, Safaga Tel 065 3252 821

Al-Fayrouz may come as a culture shock if most of your holiday has been spent at dive camps or in small traditional Egyptian eateries. Catering for as many as 600 people, this vast restaurant serves a seemingly endless array of international foods buffet-style. Massive displays of fruit are a speciality.

PORT SAID Hotel de la Poste

La Poste Hotel, Sharia al-Gumhuriyya, Port Said Tel 066 3224 048

With an extensive selection of freshly made sandwiches, pasta dishes, pizzas, salads, hamburgers and light snacks, the Hotel de la Poste’s restaurant is more of a lunchtime eaterie than a place to enjoy a leisurely dining experience. However, it is bright and welcoming, and you can spend a few hours people-watching from the terrace.

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PORT SAID Maxim

Sharia Palestine, Port Said Tel 065 3234 335

This restaurant in Port Said is one of the most popular and expensive in the area, with a reputation based on both the superb views it affords over the Suez Canal and its excellent fish and pasta dishes. The restaurant is located within the shopping centre that lies next to the Sonesta Hotel.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH Al-Fanar Restaurant

Ras Un Sid Beach, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3662 218

Like many of the restaurants in Sharm el-Sheikh, Al-Fanar caters to the Italian hordes that holiday in this area by serving pizza and pasta dishes. What makes it stand out from the rest, though, is that fresh produce from Italy is regularly used. Its location right on the beach below the lighthouse provides an intimate setting. Good wine list.

SHARM EL-SHEIKH La Luna Restaurant

Ritz-Carlton Resort, Om El Seed, Sharm el-Sheikh Tel 069 3661 919

With an experienced Italian chef who excels in specialities such as calamari, potato gnocchi and home-made pasta, La Luna provides a memorable dining experience. A list of fine Italian wines and grappa is served. The restaurant has a luxurious feel and is located within the Ritz-Carlton Resort.

SUEZ Fish Restaurant

Sharia as-Salaam, Suez

The Fish Restaurant is one of the Suez’s worst-kept secrets – anyone who is anybody has eaten here. The restaurant has gained a remarkable reputation for serving the freshest of fish, which is charged by the weight and cooked so that it melts in the mouth. It is located right near the White House Hotel, in the centre of town.

THE DELTA AND THE NORTH COAST

ABU QIR Zaphyrion Restaurant

41 Sharia Khalid Ibn al-Walid, Abu Qir Tel 03 5621 319

The place to visit for a refreshing change from the meat-heavy cuisine that appears on so many menus in Egypt. Although it doesn’t shy away from meat dishes, Zaphyrion is mostly renowned for its delicious fish and seafood mezes. It is located right on the shores of the bay where Nelson fought the Battle of the Nile.

ALEXANDRIA City Café

21 Salah Salem, Alexandria Tel 03 4847 994

City Café’s modernist look, complete with glass walls, is in stark contrast to the ancient buildings that one typically encounters on a sightseeing trip around Alexandria. It is a relaxing place offering pan-European food, mostly from the Mediterranean basin. Or just stop by to enjoy a pastry and the excellent cappuccino.

ALEXANDRIA Fuul Mohammed Ahmed

17 Sharia Shakour, Alexandria Tel 03 4873 576

This traditional little restaurant has earned itself a reputation for serving excellent fuul, the Egyptian staple of fava beans mashed with lemon juice, a selection of herbs and oil. In fact, Fuul Mohammed Ahmed has even created a few variants on the theme, adding new flavours for fuul lovers, including a spicy version.

ALEXANDRIA Elite

43 Sharia Safia, Zaghloud, Alexandria Tel 03 4863 592

A popular and lively restaurant, Elite is decorated with art posters, and it benefits from massive windows that open out on to the street, flooding the place with light. It is a great place for watching the world go by. The menu offers a rich mix of European dishes, as well as many vegetarian Egyptian options.

ALEXANDRIA Gezirat al-Malika

48 Sharia Safr Basha, Ras el-Tin, Alexandria Tel 03 4804 996

Conveniently located for visiting Alexandria’s main tourist attractions, and not far from the water’s edge, Gezirat al-Malika serves traditional Egyptian dishes such as fuul and mezes, along with kofta, kebabs and a great selection of stuffed vegetables. The fun, colourful decor resembles that of a local rural village.

ALEXANDRIA Pastroudis

39 Sharia al-Huriya, Alexandria Tel 03 3929 609

No trip to Alexandria would be complete without a visit to one of its most famous cafés. Pastroudis opened its doors in 1923 and soon earned a reputation for serving fine pastries in an atmospheric setting. Today it still sells tempting cakes and pastries, in addition to sandwiches, light snacks and pasta dishes.

ALEXANDRIA China Restaurant

Midan Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria Tel 03 4877 173

The China Restaurant is housed within the colonial-style Sofitel Alex Cecil Hotel, in one of Alexandria’s busiest commercial areas. As such, it is frequented by businesspeople, as well as tourists and locals. As the name suggests, the restaurant offers Chinese cuisine – indeed, some of the best to be found in the city.

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ALEXANDRIA Taverna

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria Tel 03 4860 986

Situated right across the street from the tram terminal and easy to find, Taverna is one of a small chain of restaurants. It serves fateers, a sort of pastry pancake filled with chicken, beef and fish combinations, or sweet with honey and fruit. Pizzas are on the menu too.

ALEXANDRIA Trianon Restaurant

Sharia Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria Tel 03 4860 985

The decor alone justifies a visit to the Trianon Restaurant. Recently restored, it is pure Art Deco and a symbol of the city’s pre-revolution café scene. The menu is varied, with international and Egyptian dishes, not to mention a good dessert selection that includes Trianon’s speciality Umm Ali, a pastry with nuts and fruit.

ALEXANDRIA Al-Farouk Restaurant

As-Salamiek Palace Hotel, Montazah Gardens, Alexandria Tel 03 5477 999

Housed within one of King Farouk’s former hunting lodges that has recently been renovated, the Al-Farouk Restaurant forms part of a complex of elegant dining halls and bars. Its air of opulence is compounded by the top-quality international cuisine on offer and a cellar stocked with the finest wines from around the world.

THE WESTERN DESERT

BAHARIYYA Popular Restaurant

Bawiti, al-Bahariyya Oasis

Bahariyya Oasis offers little in the way of eating establishments other than those located in the handful of hotels, but this is the exception. The Popular Restaurant is cosy and intimate, serving a good selection of typical Egyptian and European cuisine, such as grilled meats and vegetables.

DAKHLA Ahmed Hamdy’s Restaurant

Mut, Dakhla Oasis Tel 092 7820 767

A traditionally styled restaurant in the centre of Mut, Ahmed Hamdy’s is well known for offering a good choice of dishes at competitive prices. Chicken, kebabs, mezes and stuffed vegetables all feature heavily on the menu. It is close to the Mebarez Hotel and popular with tourists and tour groups.

DAKHLA Garden’s Hotel Restaurant

Mut, Dakhla Oasis Tel 092 7821 577

A pleasant place to enjoy traditional Egyptian dishes, such as koshari, fuul and rice, plus a few European choices, such as grilled meats, omelettes and salads, Garden’s Hotel Restaurant is one of the more popular eateries in Mut. It is located in the old part of town and has an outside area for dining alfresco.

FARAFRA Hussein Restaurant

Qasr al-Farafra, Farafra

There are few places to find a good meal in Farafra Oasis, one of the most isolated areas in the Western Desert, but the Hussein Restaurant is certainly among the forerunners. The restaurant doesn’t score high for decor, nor for a wide-ranging menu, but it does offer wholesome Egyptian meals all day at competitive prices.

FARAFRA Al-Badawiyya Safari and Hotel

Bawiti road, Qasr al-Farafra, Farafra Tel 092 7510 060

The Al-Badawiyya Safari and Hotel offers good food, the recipes for which have been handed down through generations of Egyptian families. Enjoying a cold beer here, in the unique setting of a small desert oasis town, is sure to be a magical highlight of a holiday spent in Egypt.

KHARGA Pioneers Hotel

El Kharga Oasis, El Wadi El Guedid, El Kharga Tel 092 7927 982

Surrounded by palm trees and sand dunes, and decorated to an authentic Egyptian style, this restaurant within the Pioneers Hotel makes for a memorable experience. Its air-conditioned dining room also provides a welcome respite from the desert heat. The menu is varied and inspired by international cuisine.

SIWA Alexander the Great

Siwa Oasis, Siwa Tel 046 4602 081

This modern little eaterie is housed within the recently opened Alexander Hotel, and offers good, traditional Egyptian food with an international twist. Its oasis setting and friendly staff make it a favourite for locals and, especially, travellers exploring this part of the country.

SIWA Siwa Safari Paradise Hotel

Sharia Ein El Arais, Siwa Tel 046 4602 289

This lively restaurant within the Siwa Safari Paradise Hotel regularly hosts traditional Siwan feasts featuring entertainment and dancing. Along with the international-inspired cuisine, this makes it popular with locals, tour groups and travellers alike. The restaurant nestles in the gardens of a resort-style complex.

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OPENING HOURS

Souq trader in Luxor

smoking a water pipe

Cairo’s Downtown bookshops are

excellent for books on Egypt

SOUQS AND MARKETS

HOW TO PAY

Stacked merchandise in one of Cairo’s markets

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Examining the brass- and copperware in Khan al-Khalili

BUYING ANTIQUES

HOW TO BARGAIN

SHOPPING CENTRES

Arkadia

Mall

First Residence

Mall

Ramses Hilton

Mall

Horreyya Mall

The Sindbad Shopping Mall at Sindbad Beach Resort, Hurghada

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SOUVENIRS

Dr

Ragab Papyrus Institutes

BRASS- AND COPPERWARE

CARPETS AND RUGS

HANDICRAFTS

Al-Khatoun

Wikala of al-

Ghouri

Khan Misr

Touloun

Egypt Craft

Nomad

Stallholder selling leather belts

in Midan Ataba

Coppersmith’s workshop in Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah

Souvenir

figure of

Anubis

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SHOPPING MALLS

Arkadia Mall

Corniche el-Nil, Bulaq, Cairo.

First Residence Mall

Sharia al-Giza, Giza, Cairo.

Horreyya Mall

Sharia al-Ahram, Heliopolis, Cairo.

Ramses Hilton Mall

Midan Abdel Moniem Riad, Cairo.

Map 1 B4, 5 B2.

HANDICRAFTS

Al-Khatoun

Sharia Sheikh Mohammed Abdu,

Cairo. Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 226 5329.

Dr Ragab Papyrus Institute

Corniche el-Nil, Cairo. Map 3 A2.

Tel (02) 571 8675.

Egypt Craft

27 Yehia Ibrahim, Zamalek, Cairo.

Map 1A3. Tel (02) 736 5123.

www.fairtradeegypt.com

Khan Misr Touloun

Sharia Tulun, Cairo. Map 4 D2.

Nomad

14 Sharia Saray al-Gezira,

Zamalek, Cairo. Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 736 1917.

Wikala of al-Ghouri

Sharia al-Azhar, Cairo. Map 2E5.

Tel (02) 511 0472.

CARPETS AND RUGS

Senouhi

54 Sharia Abd al-Khaliq Sarwat,

Cairo. Map 5 C2.

Tel (02) 391 0955.

Wissa Wassef Art Centre

Next to the Motel Salma, on the

road to Saqqara, Harraniyya.

Tel (02) 385 0403.

CLOTH AND TEXTILES

Safari

10 Sharia Lotfalla, Zamalek,

Cairo. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 735 1909.

BELLYDANCING COSTUMES

Amira al-Khattan

27 Sharia Basra, Cairo.

Tel (02) 749 0322.

DIRECTORY

CLOTH AND TEXTILES

Safari

BELLYDANCING COSTUMES

Amira al-Khattan

JEWELLERY

SPICES AND HERBS

A colourful display of aromatic

spices in the Spice Bazaar

Wissa Wassef Art Centre

Senouhi

Locals gather at one of Cairo’s

colourful carpet bazaars

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Box inlaid with

mother-of-pearl

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Bust of Nefertiti

Sequined belly-dancing costumeEmbroidered cotton shirts

Chillies TurmericCloves

Brightly-coloured woven scarf

Alabaster ashtray

Carved figurines of

ancient gods

Carob Cinnamon

Papyrus with Pharaonic scenes

Stuffed leather camel

Saffron

threads

Cardamon

pods

Cayenne

Pepper

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ARABIC MUSIC

New Cairo Opera House

Sayed

Darwish Theatre

INFORMATION WHIRLING DERVISHES

Al-Sawy Culture Wheel

Cairo by night, its bright lights reflected in the calm waters of the Nile

Beit Zeinab

Khatoun Al-Ghouri

Palace for Traditional Culture

Whirling dervish putting on a spectacular performance in Cairo

Passing time at a street-side

coffeehouse in Cairo

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Dancers

Salome

Belly dancers

Orientalist painters

A belly dancer’s

backing musician

Superstar Amira

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WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC

New Cairo

Opera House

Alexandria Conference Hall

Sayed Darwish Theatre

View of the Cairo Opera House from the top of the 185-m (606-ft) Cairo Tower (see p84)

OPERA AND BALLET

New

Cairo Opera House

Gumhuriyya Theatre

SOUND AND LIGHT SHOWS

BELLY DANCING AND FOLKLORIC DANCE

Haroun

al-Rashid Club Auberge

du Nil

Palmyra

Aswan Cultural Palace

Billboards advertising

forthcoming cultural

events in Cairo

Inside a young and fashionable bar

in upmarket Mohandiseen, Cairo

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DIRECTORY

ARABIC MUSIC

AND WHIRLING

DERVISHES

AlexandriaConference Hall

International Conference

Centre, Shatby, Alexandria.

Tel (03) 487 8093.

Al-Ghouri Palace for

Traditional

Culture

Sharia al-Muizz li-Din

Allah, Cairo. Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 510 0823.

Al-SawyCulture Wheel

1 Sharia 26th July, Zamalek,

Cairo. Tel (02) 736 8881.

www.culturewheel.com

Beit Zeinab Khatoun and Beit al-Harawi

Harat al-Azhar, Cairo.

Map 2 F5.

Tel (02) 735 7001.

New Cairo Opera HouseSharia at-Tahrir, Gezira,

Cairo. Map 1 A5.

Tel (02) 739 8114.

Sayed Darwish Theatre22 Tariq al-Horreyya,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 486 5106.

BELLY DANCING

Aswan Cultural PalaceCorniche, Aswan.

Tel (097) 313 390.

Auberge du NilRoyal Nile Tower Hotel,

Corniche el-Nil, Cairo.

Map 5 A5.

Tel (02) 362 1717.

Haroun al-Rashid ClubSemiramis Hotel,

Corniche el-Nil, Cairo.

Map 5 A4.

Tel (02) 795 7171.

PalmyraJust south of Sharia 26th

July, between Sharia Sharif

and Mohammed Farid,

Cairo. Map 2 D4, 6 D2.

SOUND AND LIGHT SHOWS

For all sitesTel (02) 386 3469.

www.sound-light.

egypt.com

OPERA AND BALLET

GumhuriyyaTheatre12 Sharia al-Gumhuriyya,

Cairo. Map 2 D3.

Tel (02) 390 7707.

BARS AND DISCOS

L’Aubergine5 Al-Sayyid al-Bakri,

Zamalek, Cairo. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 738 0080.

Bull’s Eye32 Sharia Jedda,

Mohandiseen, Cairo.

Tel (02) 761 6888.

Cap d’Or4 Sharia Adib, Alexandria.

Tel (03) 487 5177.

DealsAl-Sayyid al-Bakri,

Zamalek, Cairo. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 736 0502.

Space DiscoCairo Land, 1 Sharia Salah

Salem, Cairo. Map 3 C4.

Tel (02) 365 6913.

Summer MoonSummer Moon Hotel,

Agami. Tel (03) 433 0367.

Le Tabasco8 Midan Amman, Doqqi,

Cairo. Tel (02) 336 5583.

ROCK, JAZZ AND POP

Cairo Jazz Club197 Sharia 26th July,

Mohandiseen, Cairo.

Tel (02) 345 9939.

ROCK, JAZZ AND POP

A hotel disco at Agami, on the North Coast, west of Alexandria

Cairo Jazz

Club

BARS AND DISCOS

Cap d’Or

Deals

L’Aubergine Le Tobasco

Bull’s Eye

Space Disco

Summer Moon

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Amir

Metro

Renaissance

THEATRE

CINEMA

Metro Miami

Radio

Galaxy

Stars

Horreyya I & II

Ramses Hilton I & II

Renaissance

CASINOS

Sem-

iramis Intercontinental

Marriott Cairo Nile

Hilton

As-Salamlek Palace

Billboard advertising an Arabic theatre production

At-Talia

Gumhuriyya Theatre

Wallace Theatre

New Cairo Opera House

The Cosmos cinema, one of many local movie houses in Cairo

Colourful advertising for

the Diana Palace cinema

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SPECTATOR SPORTS

Cairo Stadium

Football fans cheering on the Egyptian national soccer team in Cairo

Gezira

Sporting Club

Alexandria Sporting Club

DIRECTORY

CINEMA

Amir41 Sh aria Horreyya,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 391 7972.

Galaxy67 Sharia Abd al-Aziz al-

Saud, Al-Manial, Cairo.

Tel (02) 532 5746.

Horreyya I & IISharia al-Ahram, Heliopolis,

Cairo. Tel (02) 469 8025.

Metro35 Sharia Safiya

Zaghloul, Alexandria.

Tel (03) 487 0432.

Metro35 Sharia Talaat Harb,

Downtown, Cairo. Map 1

C5, 5 C3.

Tel (02) 393 7566.

Miami38 Talaat Harb, Downtown,

Cairo. Map 1 C5, 5 C3.

Tel (02) 574 5656.

Radio24 Sharia Talaat Harb,

Downtown, Cairo. Map 1

C5, 5 C3. Under renovation.

Ramses Hilton I & II

Ramses Hilton Annex,

Sharia al-Galaa,

Downtown, Cairo.

Map 1 C4.

Tel (02) 574 7436.

Renaissance

World Trade Centre,

1119 Corniche el-Nil,

Cairo. Map 1 B2.

Tel (02) 580 4039.

Renaissance

Smouha Mall, Sharia Victor

Emmanuel, Smouha,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 424 2555.

Stars

Stars City Center, Ahmed

Fakhry Street, Nasr City,

Cairo.

Tel (02) 480 2012/

13/14/15.

THEATRE

At-Talia Theatre

Midan Ataba, Downtown,

Cairo. Map 2 E4.

Tel (02) 593 7948.

New Cairo

Opera House

Sharia at-Tahrir,

Gezira, Cairo.

Map 1 A5.

Tel (02) 739 8144 (info)

(02) 739 8132 (info)

(02) 739 8114 (box office)

www. cairoopera

house.org

Gumhuriyya

Theatre

12 Sharia al-Gumhuriyya,

Cairo.

Map 2 D5, 6 D3.

Tel (02) 390 7707.

Wallace Theatre

Sharia Mohammed

Mahmoud,

Downtown, Cairo.

Map 1 C5, 5 B4.

Tel (02) 797 6935.

CASINOS

As-Salamlek Palace

HotelMontazah Palace,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 547 7999.

Marriott CairoSharia al-Gezira, Cairo.

Map 1 A4.

Tel (02) 735 8888.

Nile Hilton

Midan Tahrir, Cairo.

Map 1 C5, 5 B4

Tel (02) 574 4002.

SemiramisIntercontinental

Corniche el-Nil, Cairo.

Map 1 B5.

Tel (02) 795 7171.

SPECTATOR SPORTS

AlexandriaSporting ClubMahatet al-Riada,

Alexandria.

Tel (03) 542 0435.

Cairo Stadium

Medinat Nasr, Cairo.

Tel (02) 260 7863.

Gezira Sporting ClubZamalek, Cairo. Map 1 A4.

Tel (02) 735 3914.

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Coffee houses

A typical coffee house

Sheeshas

Card players with sheeshas

concentrate on their game

Chess

Backgammon

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CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

Dr

Ragab’s Pharaonic Village

Cairo Puppet Theatre

Cairo Zoo

Dream

Park

Aquapark

Gero

Land

WEDDINGS

Children enjoying themselves at the

fairground of a local festival

COFFEE HOUSES

Ash-Shams

Fishawi’s

A young child enjoying the beach at the resort of Dahab

DIRECTORY

CHILDREN’S ENTERTAINMENT

AquaparkSharia Ismailia.

Tel (02) 477 0099, 477 0088.

Cairo Puppet TheatreAl-Azbakiyya Gardens, Cairo.

Map 2 D4, 6 D2.

Tel (02) 591 0954.

Cairo ZooSharia al-Giza, Giza, Cairo.

Tel (02) 570 8895.

Dr Ragab’s Pharaonic Village3 Sharia al-Bahr al-Azam,

Corniche el-Nil, Giza, Cairo.

Tel (02) 571 8675/76/77.

www.pharaonicvillage.com

Dream ParkSharia Oasis, 6th of October City.

Tel (02) 840 0561, 840 0562.

Gero LandEl-Obour City, Sharia Ismailia.

Tel (02) 477 1087.

COFFEE HOUSES

Ash-ShamsSouq al-Tawfiqiyya, Cairo.

Map 1 C5, 5 C3.

Fishawi’sKhan al-Khalili, Cairo.

Map 2 F5.

HorreyyaMidan al-Falaki,

Sharia at-Tahrir, Cairo.

Map 5 C3.

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ADVENTURE PACKAGES

Abercrombie

& Kent Travel Explore World-

wide Guerba Adventure

& Discovery Holidays

Overseas Adventure

Travel

Egypt

Exploration Society

BALLOONING

Hot-air ballooning over the Sphinx,

Cairo

Balloons Over Egypt Hod Hod

Magic Horizon

DIVING AND SNORKELLING

An underwater encounter with a lion fish in the Red Sea

Starfish

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WATERSPORTS

FISHING

The African Angler

PADI British Sub Aqua

Club (BSAC)

FELUCCA SAILING GOLF AND TENNIS

Dreamland Golf Course

Katameya Heights

Mirage City

Jolie Ville

Mövenpick Golf Resort

The golfing green at Katameya

Heights, not far from Cairo

Windsurfing lesson at a beach on

the Sinai Peninsula

Feluccas gliding lazily on the Nile

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BIRDWATCHING

Sarus Bird

Tours Travel Egypt

HORSE AND CAMEL RIDING

Arabian Horse Recoub

Al Sorat

SPAS

Four

Seasons Ritz-Carlton

Hyatt Regency

El Gouna

Le Meridien Heliopolis

Oberoi Sahl

Hasheesh

Angsana Spa

Horse riding around the Pyramids at Giza

A yacht moored at the small

harbour of Giftun Island

YACHTING AND MOTOR CRUISING

OASIS AND DESERT SAFARIS

Badawiya Safari Company

WALKING

Sheikh Mousa

Scarlet

ibis stork

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DIRECTORY

DIVING AND SNORKELLING

Blue Brothers Divingwww.bluebrothers

diving.de

BSACwww.bsac.com

Colona Dive Centre and Live-Aboardswww.colona.com

The Dive Connectionwww.diveconnection.com

The Dive Tribewww.divetribe.com

Easy Divers Academywww.easydivers-

academy.com

Euro Diverswww.euro-divers.com

Orca Diving Centrewww.turtles-inn.com

PADIwww.padi.com

TGI El Gounawww.tgidiving.com

FISHING

The African AnglerPO Box 191, Aswan.

Tel (097) 230 9748.

www.african-angler.co.uk

GOLF AND TENNIS

Dreamland Golf CourseDreamland City,

Alwahat Rd, Cairo.

Tel (02) 855 3164.

www.dreamlandgolf.com

Katameya Heights Golf and Tennis ResortNew Cairo City, Cairo.

Tel (02) 758 0512.

www.katameyaheights.com

Jolie Ville Mövenpick Golf ResortUm Marikha Bay,

Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tel (02) 69 360 3200.

www.moevenpick-

hotels.com

Mirage CityJW Marriot Hotel,

Ring Road, Cairo.

Tel (02) 411 5588.

BIRDWATCHING

Sarus Bird Tours12 Walton Drive,

Walmersley,

Bury BL9 5JU, UK.

Tel +44 (0) 161 761 7279.

www.sarusbirdtours.

co.uk

Travel Egypt (World Explorer Tours and Travel)Suite 150,

4015 Nine McFarland

Drive, Alpharetta,

GA 30004, USA.

Tel 877 778 3497.

www.travelegypt.com

HORSE AND CAMEL RIDING

Arabian HorseAbo Sir, Giza.

Tel (02) 727 4714.

email

[email protected]

Recoub Al SoratMamouneya Road, Giza.

www.alsorat.com

SPAS

Angsana SpaMövenpick Resort El

Gouna, El Gouna.

Tel (065) 354 4501.

www.moevenpick.com

El Gouna ResortTel (02) 305 7843.

www.elgouna.com

Four Seasons

Sharm el-Sheikh

1 Four Seasons Boulevard,

Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tel (069) 360 3555.

www.fourseasons.com

Hyatt Regency

Sharm el-Sheikh

Resort

Gardens Bay,

Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tel (069) 360 1234.

www.hyattinti.com

Le Meridien

Heliopolis

51 El Orouba Street,

Heliopolis, Cairo.

Tel (02) 905 055.

www.starwoodhotels.

com

Oberoi Sahl

Hasheesh

Safaga, Red Sea.

Tel (065) 3440 777.

www.oberoihotels.com

Ritz-Carlton

Sharm el-Sheikh

Om el-Seed,

Sharm el-Sheikh.

Tel (069) 366 1919.

www.ritzcarlton.com

OASIS AND

DESERT SAFARIS

Badawiya Safari

Company

Flat 66,

22 Talaat Harb St, Cairo.

Tel (02) 5742 554.

www.badawiya.com

WALKING

Sheikh Mousa

St Catherine’s, Sinai.

Tel (069) 3470 457.

www.sheikhmousa.com

ADVENTURE PACKAGES

Abercrombie & Kent TravelSloane Square House,

Holbein Place,

London SW1W 8NS, UK.

Tel 0845 0700 610.

www.abercrombiekent.

co.uk

Egypt Exploration Society

British Council,

191 Sharia el-Nil,

Agouza, Cairo, Egypt.

Tel (02) 347 6118.

Explore Worldwide

Nelson House, 55 Victoria

Road, Farnborough,

Hampshire GU14 7PA, UK.

Tel (0870) 333 4001.

www.exploreworldwide.

com

Guerba Adventure & Discovery HolidaysEssex House,

40 Station Road,

Westbury, Wiltshire BA13

3JN, UK.

Tel (01373) 826 611.

www.guerba.com

OverseasAdventure TravelCambridge, Mass, USA.

Tel 1-800 493 6824.

www.oattravel.com

BALLOONING

Balloons Over EgyptLuxor.

Tel (095) 370 368.

Hod Hod

Luxor.

Tel (095) 370 116.

Magic HorizonLuxor.

Tel (095) 365 060.

www.magic-horizon.com

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The Thistlegorm wreck at Sha’ab

Ali 1,

Shaab Umm Qamar 6,

Safaga (Kilo 32 North) 8

The impressive colours of the Red Sea

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The Islands 3,

The Blue Hole 4

The Brothers 7

Octopus found off the shores of the Sinai

Snorkelling off the beach at Dahab

Shark Bay 5,

Turtle in a swim-through

The Bells 2GETTING TO THE DIVE

SITES

Dive centres offer boat trips to

inshore reefs and wrecks, or

minibus rides to walk-in dive

sites. Some of the Red Sea’s best

dive sites can be reached only on

a live-aboard dive cruise. Currents

can be strong, and diving with a

guide who knows the area well

is highly recommended.

Getting there: Hurghada and

Sharm el-Sheikh airports receive

flights from Europe and from

Cairo, Luxor and Alexandria.

Access to Nuweiba and Dahab

is by bus, minibus or taxi from

Sharm el-Sheikh; Safaga is

reached by road from Hurghada.

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The elegant, luxurious interior of a

cruise ship on the Nile

View of the Nile from the deck of a cruise ship

Hathor, Cow God,

Temple of Dendara

WHEN TO GO NILE CRUISING AS A PACKAGE DEAL

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Sonesta International

Nile Cruises

CAIRO-BASED NILE CRUISING

The Temple of Kom Ombo at sunset

The hustle and bustle of a port on the banks of the Nile

Falcon statue at the

Temple of Horus, Edfu

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Enjoying a felucca trip on the Nile

A member of the crew washing up

onboard a felucca

FELUCCA TRIPS

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DIRECTORY

NILE CRUISE TOUR OPERATORS

IN EGYPT

Abercrombie & Kent18 Sharia Yusuf al-Gindi,

Cairo. Map 5 C4.

Tel (02) 3936 255.

www.abercrombie

kent.com

Airlink Travel23 Al Ahrar Street,

Mohandiseen, Giza, Cairo.

Tel (02) 3377 511

or (02) 7609 716.

www.airlinktravelegypt.

com

Champion Tours2 Petrol Buildings, Ahmad

Orabi St, Mohandiseen.

Tel (02) 3053 930/950.

www.champion-

tours.com

Five Star Travel Group49 Sharia Moheyel Dine

Abul Ezz, Mohandiseen,

Cairo.

Tel (02) 3360 255.

www.fivestar-egypt.com

KT Travel15 Lebanon St,

Mohandiseen, Cairo.

Map 5 C4.

Tel (02) 3028 486.

www.kt-travel.com

MyWay Travel14 Abdel Ghafar St,

Heliopolis, Cairo.

Tel (02) 7739 149.

www.egyptmyway.com

Nile Melody3 El Khadrawi Street,

El Tahrir Square, Cairo.

Tel (02) 5783 127

or (02) 5795 882.

www.egyptmelody.com

SafariEgypt.com6 El Gamme St,

El Agouza, Cairo.

Tel (02) 3936 727/728/

734 or (02) 3913 963.

www.safariegypt.com

SonestaInternational Nile Cruises120 Al Thawra Street,

Heliopolis, Cairo.

Tel (02) 4183 540.

www.sonesta.com/egypt

Sonesta Nile CruisesSt George Hotel,

Corniche el-Nile, Luxor.

Tel (095) 2382 575.

www.sonesta.com/

egyptluxor

Spring Tours3 Sharia al-Sayed al-Bakry,

Zamalek, Cairo.

Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 7365 972.

www.springtours.com

Suneast ToursEl-Nasr Road,

Nasr City, Cairo.

PO Box 78, Cairo Airport.

Tel (02) 2754 968.

www.suneasttours.com

Thomas Cook17 Sharia Mahmoud

Bassiouni, Cairo.

Map 3 B3.

Tel (02) 5743 955.

www.thomascook

egypt.com

Travcotels19 Yehia Ibrahim St,

Zamalek, 11211 Cairo.

Tel (02) 7354 890/895.

www.travcotels.com

IN THE UK

Acacia Adventure Holidays Ltd23A Craven Terrace,

Lancaster Gate,

London W2 3QH.

Tel (020) 7706 4700.

www.acacia-africa.com

Amoun Travel & Tours Ltd56 Kendal Street,

London W2 2BP.

Tel (020) 7402 3100.

www.amountravel.co.uk

Andante TravelThe Old Barn,

Old Road, Alderbury,

Salisbury SP5 3AR.

Tel (01722) 713 800.

www.andantetravels.

co.uk

Archers Direct National Call CentreGround Floor, Dale House,

Tiviot Dale, Stockport,

Cheshire SK1 1TB.

Tel 0871 423 8425.

www.archersdirect.co.uk

Audley TravelNew Mill,

New Mill Lane, Witney,

Oxfordshire OX29 9SX.

Tel (01993) 838 000.

www.audleytravel.com

Bales Worldwide LtdBales House, Junction

Road, Dorking, Surrey RH4

3HL. Tel 0845 057 1819.

www.balesworldwide.com

Blue Water HolidaysThe Old Mill, Firth Street,

Skipton, North Yorkshire

BD23 2PT. Tel 0845 226

2475 or (01756) 639 609.

www.cruisingholidays.

co.uk

Cox & Kings Travel LtdGordon House,

10 Greencoat Place,

London SW1P 1PH.

Tel 0871 871 2234.

www.coxandkings.co.uk

Discover Egypt80 Borough High Street,

London SE1 1LL.

Tel 0870 755 8466.

www.discoveregypt.co.uk

Exodus Travels LtdGrange Mills, Weir Road,

London SW12 0NE.

Tel 0870 950 0039

or (020) 8675 5550.

www.exodus.co.uk

Explore Worldwide LtdNelson House, 55 Victoria

Road, Farnborough,

Hampshire GU14 7PA.

Tel 0870 333 4001.

www.explore.co.uk

Hayes & Jarvis WorldwideThe Atrium, London Road,

Crawley RH10 9SR. Tel

0870 366 1636. www.

hayesandjarvis.co.uk

KuoniKuoni House, Dorking,

Surrey RH5 4AZ.

Tel (01306) 743 000.

www.kuoni.co.uk

onthegotours254–284 Sauchiehall

Street, Glasgow G2 3EH.

Tel (0141) 353 2224.

www.trailfinders.com

Planet HolidaysCastle House, 21 Station

Road, New Barnet EN5 1PA.

Tel (020) 7873 5000.

www.planet-holidays.co.uk

Soliman Travel UK113 Earl’s Court Road,

London SW5 9RL.

Tel 0870 027 5230.

www.solimantravel.co.uk

Travelscope Holidays LtdPioneer Avenue,

Gloucester GL3 4AW.

Tel 0870 380 3333.

www.travelscope.co.uk

Voyages Jules Verne21 Dorset Square,

London NW1 6QG.

Tel 0845 166 7003.

www.vjv.co.uk

Worlds Apart Travel Ltd15 Clarence Parade,

Cheltenham GL50 3PA.

Tel (01242) 226 578.

www.worldsaparttravel.

co.uk

IN THE USA

Exodus Travels/ Explore WorldwideAdventure Center,

1311 63rd Street,

Suite 200,

Emeryville CA 94608.

Tel (510) 654 1879;

toll free: 1 800 228 8747.

www.exodus.co.uk

www.explore.co.uk

Misr Travel Company630 5th Avenue,

Suite 1460, New York.

Tel (212) 332 2600.

www.egypt-vacation.com

SonestaInternational Nile Cruises116 Huntington Avenue,

Boston, MA 02116.

Tel 800 766 3782;

UK: 0800 898 410.

www.sonesta.com

Travel Egypt Inc4015 Nine McFarland Dr,

Suite 150, Alpharetta, GA

30004. Tel (678) 319 9556;

toll free (877) 778 3497.

www.pharaohsnile.com

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SURVIVAL GUIDE

PRACTICAL INFORMATION 328339

TRAVEL INFORMATION 340347

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PASSPORTS AND VISAS

CUSTOMS AND DUTY-FREE ALLOWANCESA tourist sign providing general

information at Saqqara

LANGUAGE

Semiramis Hotel, Cairo, which

offers duty-free facilities

Sign for the Temple

of Amun, Siwa

Feluccas on the Nile at Luxor at sunset, with a camel standing on the shore

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PUBLIC CONVENIENCES

ELECTRICAL ADAPTORS

CONVERSION CHART

Imperial to Metric

Metric to Imperial

TIME

Electric plug adaptor with two

round pins

Ticket kiosk at Philae – vendors usually understand some English

DIRECTORY

Canada454 Laurier Avenue East,

Ottawa, ON K1N 6R3.

Tel (613) 234 4958.

Ireland12 Clyde Road,

Dublin 4.

Tel (01) 606 566.

Israel54 Rehov Basel, Tel Aviv.

Tel (03) 546 5151.

Egyptian Consulate

68 Afraty Street,

Bna Betkha, Eilat.

Tel (07) 597 6115.

Jordan3rd Floor, Jebel Amman

Zahran Street, Amman.

Tel (06) 641 375.

Egyptian Consulate

Al-Wahdat al-Jarbiyya,

Sharia al-Istiqlal, Aqaba.

United States2310 Decatur Place NW

Washington DC 20008.

Tel (202) 234 3903.

Egyptian Consulate

1110 Second Ave,

New York, NY 10022.

Tel (212) 759 7120.

EGYPTIAN TOURIST OFFICES

In the UK

170 Piccadilly,

London W1V 9DD.

Tel (020) 7493 5283.

In the US

630 Fifth Avenue, Suite

1706, New York, NY 10111.

Tel (212) 332 2570.

In Canada1253 McGill College Ave,

Suite 250, Montreal,

Quebec, H3B 2Y5.

Tel (514) 861 4420.

EGYPTIAN

EMBASSIES

ABROAD

Australia

112 Glenmore Road,

Paddington, Sydney,

NSW 2021.

Tel (02) 9332 3388.

Britain

2 Lowndes Street,

London SW1X 9EG.

Tel (020) 7235 9777.

www.egypt-

embassy.org.uk

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OPENING HOURS

VISITING RELIGIOUS SITES

STUDENTS

DISABLED TRAVELLERS

Misr Travel

ETAMS Tours

Camel Dive Club

ETIQUETTE

Tourist information office at Aswan with Nubian-style domes

International Student Identity Card

Modestly dressed women

visiting a mosque

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DIRECTORY

Cairo5 Sharia Adly.

9am–8pm daily.

Tel (02) 391 3454.

Terminal 1, Cairo airport.

8am–9pm daily.

Tel (02) 291 4255.

Terminal 2, Cairo airport.

24 hours daily.

Tel (02) 291 4277.

Ramses railway station.

8am–8pm daily.

Tel (02) 579 0767.

Giza Pyramids.

8:30am–5pm daily.

Tel (02) 383 8823.

LuxorSharia el-Nil (south

of Luxor Temple).

8am–8pm daily.

Tel (095) 2373 294.

Luxor airport.

24 hours daily.

Tel (095) 2372 306.

DISABLED TRAVELLERS

Camel Dive Club Sharm el-Sheikh,Sinai.

Tel (069) 3600 700.

Fax (069) 3600 601.

ETAMS ToursSharia Qasr el-Nil, Cairo.

Tel (02) 575 4721.

Fax (02) 575 1491.

Misr Travel1 Sharia Talaat Harb, Cairo.

Tel (02) 393 0010.

In the UK

2nd Flr, Langham House,

308 Regent Street,

London W1R 5AL.

Tel (020) 7255 1087.

RADAR12 City Forum, 250 City Rd,

London EC1V 8AF.

Tel (020) 7250 3222.

TOURIST OFFICES

Alexandria

Midan Saad Zaghloul.

8am–6pm daily

(till 8pm in summer).

Tel (03) 485 1556.

Masr railway station.

8am–8pm daily.

Tel (03) 392 5985.

Aswan

Aswan railway station.

9am–3pm, 6–8pm

daily; 9am–3pm, 7–9pm in

summer.

Tel (097) 2312 811.

Tourists photographing the Sphinx

near the Pyramids of Giza

PHOTOGRAPHY

Visitor about to engage in the ancient art of

haggling in Aswan’s souk

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POLICE

PETTY CRIME

TRAVEL AND TERRORISM

IN CASE OF FIRE

Sign for police

guarding antiquities

Crowded street near Khan al-Khalili, where it is

wise for visitors to mind their valuables

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WOMEN TRAVELLERS

EMBASSIES

Distinctive Egyptian fire engine, equipped for the rough terrain

A police escort accompanying tourists taking a camel ride at Aswan

DIRECTORY

EMERGENCY SERVICES

Fire Tel 125.

Tourist Police Tel 126.

TRAVEL ADVICE

www.fco.gov.uk (in UK) or

Tel (0870) 606 0290.

http://travel.state.gov (in US).

EMBASSIES

AustraliaWorld Trade Centre (11th floor),

Corniche el-Nil, Bulaq, Cairo.

Map 1 A3. Tel (02) 578 0650.

Canada26 Sharia Kamel el Shenawi,

Garden City, Cairo. Map 5 A5.

Tel (02) 794 3110.

Ireland3 Sharia Abu al-Feda,

Zamalek, Cairo. Map 1 A3.

Tel (02) 735 8264.

UK7 Sharia Ahmed Ragheb,

Garden City, Cairo. Map 5 A4.

Tel (02) 794 0850.

USA5 Sharia Amerika al-Latineya,

Garden City, Cairo. Map 5 B4

Tel (02) 797 3300.

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A dive trip in the Red Sea, with fierce sun, intense heat and lack of shade posing potential health hazards

GENERAL ADVICEEgyptian pharmacy shop front, with

name in Arabic and English

PHARMACIES

VACCINATIONS

Distinctive Egyptian

pharmacy logo

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OTHER HAZARDS

STOMACH UPSETS

HOSPITALS AND EMERGENCIES

Local brand of Egyptian

bottled water

TRAVEL INSURANCE

A typical red and white Egyptian ambulance

DIRECTORY

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

Tourist Police Tel 126.

Public Ambulance Tel 123.

CAIRO HOSPITALS

Anglo-American HospitalSharia al-Hada az-Zuhriya,

Gezira. Map 1 A5.

Tel (02) 735 6162, 735 6163.

As-Salaam Hospital3 Sharia Syria, Mohandiseen.

Tel (02) 302 9091 or (02) 303

0502.

As-Salaam International HospitalCorniche el-Nil, Maadi.

Tel (02) 524 0250.

CAIRO PHARMACIES

Isaaf38 Sharia 26 July, Downtown.

Map 1 C4, 5 B2. 24 hours.

Tel (02) 574 3369.

Ataba Pharmacy17 Midan Ataba, Downtown.

Map 2 D4, 6 D2.

Victoria Pharmacy

6 Sharia al-Brazil, Zamalek.

Map 1 A3. until 11pm.

Tel (02) 735 1628.

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PUBLIC TELEPHONES

Postage stamps

celebrating Egypt,

past and present

MAIL SERVICES

Nile Telephone

and Menatel

phonecards

Typical blue and red postboxes for inter-

national and domestic mail respectively

USEFUL DIALLING

CODES

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DIRECTORY

MAIN POST OFFICES

Cairo

Midan Ataba. Map 6 E2.

Luxor

Sharia al-Mahatta.

INTERNATIONAL COURIER SERVICES

Federal Express

1079 Corniche el-Nil, Garden City,

Cairo. Map 5 A5.

Tel (02) 795 0427.

DHL

20 Gamal ad-Din Abu Mahasid,

Garden City, Cairo. Map 5 A5.

Tel (02) 795 7301.

INTERNET CAFÉS

Internet Egypt

Ground floor, 2 Midan Simon

Bolivar, Garden City, Cairo.

Map 5 B4.

Tel (02) 796 2882.

Nile Hilton Cybercafé

Nile Hilton Shopping Mall, Cairo.

Map 5 B3.

Tel (02) 578 0444 x758.

Mohandiseen Cybercafé

Sharia Gamiat ad-Dowal al-

Arabiyya, Cairo.

Tel (02) 305 0493.

glob@l net

6th floor, 29 Sharia al-Nabi Daniel,

Elghonemy Bld, Alexandria.

Tel (03) 391 2889.

Rainbow Internet Café

Officers’ Club, Corniche (N of

Sharia as-Sayyed Youssef), Luxor.

Tel (095) 2387 938.

INTERNET AND FAX

Newspaper stand selling foreign papers in Mahattat Ramla, Alexandria

One of the latest Egyptian internet

cafés: glob@l net Alexandria

A selection of English-language

newspapers and magazines

NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES

TELEVISION AND RADIO

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BANKS

EXCHANGE OFFICES

TRAVELLER’S CHEQUES AND CREDIT CARDS

BAKSHEESH AND TIPPING

Standard ATM with instructions in a

range of languages

Thomas Cook exchange office on

the Corniche, Luxor

Logo of

Banque de Caire

BANKS

Banque Misr151 Sharia Mohammed Farid,

Cairo. Map 2 D5, 6 D4.

Tel (02) 391 2172.

Barclays International12 Midan al-Sheikh Yusuf, Garden

City, Cairo. Map 3 B1, 5 A5.

Tel (02) 366 2600.

Citibank4 Sharia Ahmed Pasha, Cairo. Map

3 B1, 5 A5. Tel (02) 794 7246.

EXCHANGE OFFICES

American Express15 Sharia Qasr el-Nil, Cairo.

Map 1 C5, 5 C3.

Tel (02) 574 7991.

Winter Palace Arcade, Luxor.

Tel (095) 237 8333.

Thomas Cook17 Sharia Mahmoud Bassiouni,

Cairo. Map 1 C5, 5 B5.

Tel (02) 574 3955.

Semiramis Hotel, Cairo.

Map 3 B1, 5 A5.

Tel (02) 795 8544.

Midan Saad Zaghloul, Alexandria.

Tel (03) 484 4073.

Winter Palace Arcade, Luxor.

Tel (095) 237 2402.

LOST OR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS

American ExpressTel (02) 567 2430 (570 3152 after

5pm).

Visa/MasterCardTel (02) 796 2850 or 796 2844.

DIRECTORY

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10 Egyptian pounds (LE 10)

5 Egyptian pounds (LE 5)

20 Egyptian pounds (LE 20)

1 Egyptian pound (LE 1)

50 Egyptian pounds (LE 50)

10 piastres (10 pt) 25 piastres (25 pt)

10 piastres (10 pt)5 piastres (5 pt)

20 piastres (20 pt)

25 piastres (25 pt)

50 piastres (50 pt)

100 Egyptian pounds (LE 100)

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Cairo International Airport, to the northeast of the city

ARRIVING BY AIR

TRANSPORT FROM CAIRO AIRPORT

TRANSPORT FROM OTHER AIRPORTS

Black and yellow taxi serving Alexandria airport

EgyptAir logo

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DIRECTORY

British Airways1 Sharia Abd al-Salaam

Arif, Midan Tahrir.

Map 1 C5, 5 B3.

Tel (02) 578 0742.

EgyptAir9 Talaat Harb.

Map 1 C5, 5 B3

Tel (02) 393 2836.

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 634 1460.

KLMCairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 418 2385.

Lufthansa6 Sharia al-Sheikh al-Mar-

safi, Zamalek.

Map 1 A4.

Tel (02) 739 8339.

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 417 6419.

Malev5 Sharia Talaat Harb.

Map 1 C5, 5 B3.

Tel (02) 392 0188.

Olympic Airlines23 Sharia Qasr el-Nil.

Map 2 D5, 5 C3.

Tel (02) 393 1277.

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 290 5878.

Singapore AirlinesNile Hilton, Midan Tahrir.

Map 1 B5, 5 B3.

Tel (02) 575 0526.

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 690 0798.

Swissair4 Behler Passage,

Sharia Qasr el-Nil.

Map 2 D5, 5 C3.

Tel (02) 396 1737.

BUSES TO AND

FROM ISRAEL

East Delta Bus Company4 Sharia El-Tayaran

Madinet Nasr, Cairo.

Tel (02) 261 1886, 261

1882, 261 1889.

Travco13 Sharia Mahmoud

Azmi, Cairo.

Tel (02) 735 2224.

www.tourism.egnet.net/

travco

Buses leave from the

Abbassia Terminal daily.

AIRPORTS

AlexandriaTel (03) 427 1036.

CairoTel (02) 265 5000

(Terminal 1).

Tel (02) 265 2222

(Terminal 2).

LuxorTel (095) 2374 655.

AIRLINE OFFICES IN CAIRO

Air France2 Midan Talaat Harb.

Map 1 B5, 5 B3.

Tel (02) 575 8899.

Air SinaiNile Hilton, Midan Tahrir.

Map 1 B5, 5 B3. Tel (02)

577 2949 or 576 0750.

ARRIVING BY LAND FROM ISRAEL AND JORDAN

ARRIVING BY SEA

Cruise ship passing through the Suez Canal

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DOMESTIC FLIGHTS

TRAINS

FLIGHT RESERVATIONS

Train bound for Aswan departing

from Ramses station in Cairo

Egyptian tour

bus logo

Sign for the Abu Simbel airport

in the Nile Valley

Façade of the Masr train station in central Alexandria

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LONG-DISTANCE BUSES

Logo of the Superjet bus run by the

Arab Union Transport Company

Imposing entrance to Ramses train station, on

Midan Ramses, Cairo

One of the buses used by the West Delta Bus Company

AIRPORTS

AlexandriaTel (03) 427 1036.

AswanTel (097) 3480 333.

CairoTel (02) 291 4266.

HurghadaTel (065) 3442 831 or 3442 592.

LuxorTel (095) 2374 655.

Sharm el-SheikhTel (069) 3601 140.

BUS COMPANIES

East DeltaTel (02) 419 8533.

SuperjetTel (02) 579 8188.

Upper EgyptTel (02) 431 6723.

West DeltaTel (02) 414 1318.

TRAIN STATIONS

AlexandriaMasr Station, Midan al-

Gumhuriyya. Tel (03) 392 3207.

CairoRamses Station, Midan Ramses.

Map 2 D3. Tel (02) 575 3555.

DIRECTORY

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CAR RENTAL

SERVICE TAXIS

DRIVING IN EGYPT

Parking sign for international

car rental agencies in Egypt

Large estate car operating as a service taxi for longer trips

Typical petrol

pump

Minibus holding up to 12 passengers, operating as a service taxi

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DIRECTORY

Hertz

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 265 2430.

Ramses Hilton,

Corniche el-Nil, Cairo.

Map 5 A3.

Tel (02) 575 8914.

195 Sharia 26th July,

Mohandiseen, Cairo.

Tel (02) 347 2238.

Kilo 28, Cairo-Alexandria

Desert Road.

Tel (02) 539 1380/1383.

J-Car

Cairo International

Airport.

Tel (02) 265 2340.

33 Sharia Mesiah,

Dokki.

Tel (02) 335 0521.

MOTORING

ORGANIZATIONS

Automobile

Association (AA)

Fanum House,

Basingstoke,

Hants RG21 2EA.

Tel (01256) 201 123.

Automobile and

Touring Club of

Egypt

10 Sharia Qasr el-Nil,

Cairo. Map 1 C5.

Tel (02) 574 3355.

Royal Automobile Club (RAC)PO Box 100, RAC House,

7 Brighton Road,

South Croydon, CR2 6XW.

Tel (020) 8686 0088.

MAP OUTLETS

In UK

Stanfords12–14 Long Acre,

London WC2E LP.

Tel (020) 7863 1321.

In Egypt

AUC BookshopAUC, Mohammed

Mahmoud Gate, Cairo.

Map 1 C5, 5B4. Tel (02)

797 5929.

TAXI SERVICE

Radio Cab

Tel 19155 or 19730.

CAR RENTAL

Avis

Cairo International Airport.

Tel (02) 265 2429.

Nile Hilton, Corniche el-Nil,

Cairo. Map 5 A3. Tel (02)

579 2400.

Budget Rent-a-Car

Cairo International Airport.

Tel (02) 265 2395.

Cairo Marriott, Sharia

Saray al-Gezira. Map 1 B4.

Tel (02) 735 8888.

Uneven road No car horns

MAPS

Typical heavy traffic near Midan Ramses in Cairo

Stop sign

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WALKING

METRO

TAXIS

Tram in front of the Basilica in

Heliopolis (see pp136–7)

RIVER BUSES AND FELUCCAS

Metro sign at

Midan Opera

One of Cairo’s ubiquitous black-and-white taxis

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A westbound tram on a busy thoroughfare in Alexandria

BUSES

GETTING AROUND ALEXANDRIA

Felucca on the Nile in Central Cairo – a sedate mode of travel

Local bus providing an

authentic Cairo experience for

the visitor

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Useful Phrases

Travel

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Making a Telephone Call

Post Offices and Banks

Staying in a Hotel

Shopping

Sightseeing

Eating Out

Food and Drink

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Fish

Meat and Poultry

Vegetables

Fruit and Nuts

Desserts

Methods of Cooking

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